Catchup Premium

The government provides additional funding to schools for each year 7 student who are not ‘secondary ready’ in the Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests in reading, Spelling, punctuation and grammar and/or mathematics. The purpose of this funding is to enable schools to deliver additional support, such as individual tuition or intensive support in small groups, for those students who most need it.

2015-16

Resources and materials for intervention are funded from this premium but the vast majority of the funding was spent on the salary of teachers with dedicated time on the timetable for personalised intervention.

Students were withdrawn from one of their Humanities or PSHCE sessions for an hour of extra Maths and/or Literacy each week.

Literacy

Students followed the literacy progress units which proved successful the previous year. Students who, on entry, are below level 3 used the Secondary Language Link package and the Switch-On programme on a one to one basis or in small groups during breakfast club and/or in enrichment sessions after school. The Accelerated Reader programme also continued to support literacy work for all students. Progress is tracked using the whole school tracking system and supplemented by initial, on-going and summative assessments for the target group by the teachers who are delivering the interventions.

Numeracy

Students who receive catch up were taught together in one maths group for 4 hours per week. In addition they received one hour per week during the school day where they were taught in small groups. They also received 45minutes enrichment once a week after school to work on key life skills.

During their allocated 4 hours this group followed a program which concentrated on ensuring their basic numeracy skills were secure before moving onto the rest of the curriculum. They were assessed half termly on the skills they had learnt. Consolidation and practice of these skills continued throughout the year.

In their small group work they worked through the Level 4 Booster topics which were part of the My Maths programme. This consolidated work done in class and with careful monitoring by the intervention teacher highlighted areas of weakness which were then addressed.
In the after school session students complete a course of fun interactive lessons which will work on their skills which they require in real life such as money, time and measures

Evaluation

The catch-up sessions were well-attended and feedback from both students and teachers was very positive.
By the end of Year 7 the year group had reached national expectations

Level 4+ on entry Level 4+ at end of Year 7
English 70% 93%
Maths 71% 91%

The Year 8 students who were at level 3 or below at the end of year 7 plus any insecure level 4C students will continue to receive support this year as part of our enrichment program.

2016-17

Our catch-up work for year 7 began before they arrived with a transition week in the summer term and Summer School during the holidays where there was an emphasis on literacy and numeracy.

This year students will be withdrawn in small groups from either a PSHCE and/or a Humanities sessions for an hour of extra maths and/or English each week. The sessions in both maths and English are much more bespoke to the students in the class this year and focus on gaps in knowledge and understanding. Progress is tracked using the whole school tracking system and supplemented by initial, on-going and summative assessments for the target group by the teachers who are delivering the interventions.

We have selected students who received a Key stage 2 score between 85 and 95 for our first term of catch up. These students will be assessed in December to monitor progress made and then again half termly until the end of the year. Students who we believe have reached the required standard will be removed from the programme at the appropriate time

Mathematics

Targeted students receive an extra hour of small group mathematics each week with a Maths specialist within the curriculum. Key Stage 2 results have been analysed and both class teachers and intervention teachers are aware of areas to be developed and lessons are planned accordingly. Regular assessments will take place and progress with be tracked.

All students identified as ‘not secondary ready’ have been invited to attend after school enrichment classes. There are two specific groups based on the data received from primary schools. One group focuses on life skills, this has activities which are based around money management, time and shape and space. The second group has activities which build on existing mathematics skills and develop problem solving abilities.

English

Specialist English teachers are currently delivering intervention in small groups within the curriculum. These sessions are based on base line assessment pieces conducted in school as well as well as data gathered from tests. The sessions allow key students to receive targeted support that’s in addition to the support students receive in their English lessons. These students receive differentiated support in their catch up sessions and English lessons.

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