The Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium is funding provided to schools from the Government, in addition to the main funding stream. The Catch-up Premium is allocated to supporting those pupils who did not achieve the expected standard at the end of Key Stage 2 in either Mathematics, English reading, or both. Schools are free to spend the Catch-up Premium as they see fit, within specific parameters, to fund strategies to close the attainment gap between those pupils who did not attain the expected standard and their peers.
Unlike Pupil Premium, the Catch-up Premium is only awarded to pupils in Year 7.
For 2016 to 2017, schools will receive the same overall amount of Year 7 Catch-up Premium funding they received in 2015 to 2016 (£500 per pupil), adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their Year 7 cohort, based on the October 2016 census.
|2016 - 2017||2017 - 2018|
|Total number of pupils on roll in Year 7||254||268|
|Total number of Catch-up Premium pupils||54||57|
|Number of pupil’s below expected standard in Reading at the end of KS2||15||34|
|Number of pupil’s below expected standard in Maths at the end of KS2||12||39|
|Number of pupil’s below expected standard in Reading and Maths at the end of KS2||27||20|
|Total amount of funding received by Catch-up Premium||£18,420||£18,420 (forecast)|
At Ashton on Mersey School we assess the individual needs of each of the pupils who attract the Year 7 Catch-up Premium to decide the best way to use the funding. We select programmes and approaches that we know are effective at raising the attainment and encouraging progress.
Examples of how Catch-up Premium is used include:
Aimed at increasing confidence in reading by utilising specific strategies for pupils who’s reading age is deemed as being low compared to their peers. Pupils are initially helped by accessing the accelerated reading programme that helps to assess and then monitor pupils reading ages and the progress they make trough regular reading sessions.
Pupils who require additional help with their reading receive help from Mrs Baker, our reading intervention co-ordinator. Mrs Baker helps to listen to pupils read openly in a calm environment, developing pupil’s confidence and skills, suggesting appropriate reading material for the individual child. Mrs Baker also works with Miss Packwood, Literacy Coordinator in the English department to develop and train a group of Year 10 pupils who work as ‘Reading Buddies’ with our Year 7 pupils to again help develop their reading confidence and skills.
Pupils who come with a KS2 standardised score below the expected standard receive intervention from Miss Lace, our Numeracy co-ordinator. Pupils are prioritised on ability and those pupils who need help more urgently. Pupils spend their time either on an individual or small group basis practicing numeracy skills needed to help them close the gap on their peers.
For the Year 2016 – 2017 pupils started KS3 with standardised test scores calculated from their KS2 tests. Pupil raw data is converted into our own pupil tracking system. Pupils can therefore, be measured as either being ‘on’, above’ or ‘below’ their academic targets set for the end of Year 7.
24 % (11) of targeted pupils starting Year 7 in 2016 below the expected standard in Maths made expected progress at the end of Year 7.
A further 20% (9) of pupils made progress above their end of Year 7 target in Maths.
46% (23) pupils who started Year 7 below the expected standard in English made expected progress at the end of Year 7.
A further 26% (13) pupils made progress above their end of Year 7 target in English.