Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up

Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up 16/17

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in Reading or Maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). The catch up funding is designed to ensure that students who have not achieved their potential at KS2 are not disadvantaged by this and are provided with the opportunity to ensure they have the same equality of opportunity as their peers by the time they leave compulsory education. The wider aims of the catch up funding include:-

  • To enable students from disadvantaged backgrounds to get to the top universities
  • To ensure that students from all backgrounds have an equal opportunity to be successful
  • To reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils nationally

 

Overview of the school and funding 2016/17

Total amount of funding received £12,500

 

Planned spend

The strategies employed this year include:-

  • Accelerated Reader – The school uses the Accelerated Reader programme to support the improvement of students’ reading age supporting their basic literacy skills. Students have a timetabled 1 hour a week lesson on this and continue with their reading as part of their independent learning.
  • Small group literacy intervention – Small groups of students are withdrawn from lessons to work on basic English skills with an experienced member of staff. The students follow the ‘Lit’ Programme.
    The skills covered within the programme are:

    • Reading and understanding a range of fiction and non-fiction texts
    • Summarising information to demonstrate understanding
    • Asking questions to extend deeper understanding of a text
    • Looking at the type of language used by the writer and explaining its effect
    • Examining the structure of different texts
    • Presenting understanding to one another
    • Writing in different styles and forms, for example writing a letter from an agony aunt after looking at writing to inform or advise

IMPACT: 10 students received Literacy catch-up intervention sessions in the first term of 2016/17 based upon their KS2 scores in Reading and Writing. Of the 10, 9 are ‘On’ track to reach their target grade and have made good progress in English in their first term and 1 student is currently working ‘Above’ target.

 

  • Small Group Maths intervention – Small groups of students are withdrawn from lessons and work on key areas of Maths to support their learning within their Maths lessons.
    IMPACT: Of the 16 students receiving Maths Intervention 14 are ‘On’ track to achieve their expected target grade and therefore have made good progress so far in Year 7 in Maths. 2 students are currently ‘Below’ target.

 

  • Effective teaching and learning – staff professional development sessions and Inset have focused on how to work with, and best support students that arrive in school with lower than average grades. Quality first teaching has the strongest impact on pupil achievement and we believe this is critical to supporting student progress. All staff are expected to effectively differentiate to support the progress of students with lower prior attainment.

 

Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up 15/16

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in Reading or Maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). The catch up funding is designed to ensure that students who have not achieved their potential at KS2 are not disadvantaged by this and are provided with the opportunity to ensure they have the same equality of opportunity as their peers by the time they leave compulsory education. The wider aims of the catch up funding include:-

  • To enable students from disadvantaged backgrounds to get to the top universities
  • To ensure that students from all backgrounds have an equal opportunity to be successful
  • To reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils nationally

 

Overview of the school and funding 2015-16

Total number of students eligible for catch up funding 25
Amount of funding received per pupil £500
Total amount of funding received £12,500

 

Planned spend

The strategies employed this year include:-

    • Accelerated Reader – The school uses the Accelerated Reader programme to support the improvement of students’ reading age supporting their basic literacy skills. Students have a timetabled 1 hour a week lesson on this and continue with their reading as part of their independent learning.
    • Small group literacy intervention – Small groups of students are withdrawn from lessons to work on basic English skills with an experienced member of staff. The students follow the ‘Lit’ Programme.
      The skills covered within the programme are:

      • Reading and understanding a range of fiction and non-fiction texts
      • Summarising information to demonstrate understanding
      • Asking questions to extend deeper understanding of a text
      • Looking at the type of language used by the writer and explaining its effect
      • Examining the structure of different texts
      • Presenting understanding to one another
      • Writing in different styles and forms, for example writing a letter from an agony aunt after looking at writing to inform or advise

      IMPACT: May 2016 information on student progress shows that of the 14 students, 12 are ‘On’ track to make good progress and reach their expected target grade and 2 students are ‘Above’ so are on track to achieve their Challenge target in English. Student feedback is very positive, they feel more confident and value the support that this intervention has given them.

 

    • Small Group Maths intervention – Small groups of students are withdrawn from lessons and work on key areas of Maths to support their learning within their Maths lessons.
      IMPACT: Of the 16 students starting from below Level 4 from KS2, 14 are ‘On’ track to achieve their expected target grade and therefore have made good progress in Year 7 in Maths. 2 students are currently ‘Below’ target.

 

  • Effective teaching and learning – staff professional development sessions and Inset have focused on how to work with, and best support students that arrive in school with lower than average grades. Quality first teaching has the strongest impact on pupil achievement and we believe this is critical to supporting student progress. All staff are expected to effectively differentiate to support the progress of students with lower prior attainment.