Definition: Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium: The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides schools with additional funding for year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2 (DfE, 2017)1.
Entitlement: Catch-up Premium for 16-17: £14,661.
Identification: All pupils’ KS2 raw marks and scaled scores were considered. Pupils were allocated a place on the catch up programme if they met the following criteria:
There were 13 pupils who engaged in both the literacy and numeracy programmes.
HOW WE SPENT THE ALLOCATION OF FUNDING DURING 2016-2017
The strategies employed during the last academic year included:
The Numeracy catch-up programme served pupils well in developing their resilience and confidence in their mathematical motivation and capabilities. As part of the Internal assessment and monitoring of the pupils’ progress was carried out through the schools’ internal assessment system. The impact of the programme shows that from the baseline assessment as KS2 where pupils where considered to be below standard, to assessment 1 (Autumn 2016), 57% made expected or more than expected progress. At the end of the programme (Summer 2017), 67% were making expected or more than expected progress in Maths.
The literacy and reading catch-up programme served pupils well and enabled pupils to be independent readers, increased their speed and fluency of reading, whilst encouraging pupils to read for pleasure. This programme also enabled pupils to put literacy central to developing their core, cross-curricular skills and competencies. Regular assessment and monitoring through CAT testing, reading scores and spelling ages was carried out by the SEN department, along with the wider whole-school assessment framework to ensure pupils were on track to make progress.
Initial reading age assessments (November 2016) showed that of the 20 pupils concerned, 18 of these pupils increased their reading ages (July 2017) over the 7 month assessment. Remarkably, 3 pupils increased their reading ages by over 1 year in this period and 1 pupil increased their reading age from an initial 8 years and 8 months to 11 years and 8 months.
Initial spelling age assessments (November 2016) showed strikingly low spelling ages for pupils, with 7 pupils having a spelling age close to 5 years. Upon re-testing (July 2017) the average spelling age across the cohort had shown significant improvement and increased from an average spelling age of 7 years and 8 months to 9 years and 10 months. Of the 20 concerned, 12 pupils increased their spelling ages by 2 years and more.
Overall, based on the whole-school assessment for the 20 pupils considered and taking the initial KS2 baseline assessment where pupils where considered to be below standard in Reading, assessment point 1 (Autumn 2016) shows 25% of pupils making expected or more than expected progress and at the last assessment point (Summer 2017) 50% of pupils made expected or more than expected progress in English, thereby, providing further evidence of the success of the literacy and reading catch-up programme!
HOW WE PLAN TO SPEND THIS YEAR’S CURRENT ALLOCATION DURING 2017-2018
Allocations will be based on results from the national curriculum assessments at Key Stage 2 and payments made to the school in March 2018.
In order to accelerate student progress we will invest in the following: