Catch-up Premium Strategy Review 2016-17

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides schools with additional funding to support Year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or mathematics prior to joining the academy.

In 2015/16, the funding was calculated at £500 per Year 7 student, for those who did not achieve level 4 or above in reading and mathematics in their Key Stage 2 test at primary school.

In 2016/17 the funding was calculated from the change of the size of the Year 7 cohort compared to the previous year, this was 14.52% smaller. However the eligibility criteria changed to any student not achieving a standardised score of 100 or more in both reading and mathematics, therefore more students were eligible to receive support.

Catch up Funding 2015/16 2016/17
Number of students on roll in Year 7 241 206
Number of students eligible for the catch-up funding 58 122
Proportion of students eligible for the catch up funding 24% 59%
Level of funding £29,000 £24,788

The intended use of this funding is to support these students in catching up with their peers during their first year in the academy. The following costs detail our strategies for achieving this in the 2016/17 academic year.

Opportunity Details Res. Spend Impact
Use of Technology to improve attainment JustMaths.com website subscription NBA £199 85% of KS2 L3 mathematics students accessed this on a regular basis. Students reported enjoying using the site more than other resources and staff reported improved enthusiasm and engagement.

Action – Continue with strategy.

KS3 Maths Watch subscription NBA £450 This was underutilised last year with only 20% of the cohort subscribing to the Maths Watch. However, over 60% of students that subscribed reported they found the “Maths Watch” helped to improve their understanding of mathematics and supported their learning in lessons.

Action – Continue but focus on specific students and monitor their use earlier.

Maths Box website subscription NBA £60 This was widely used with KS3 Mathematics, starters and classroom activities and as a result led to greater student engagement and improvements in the pace of lessons. 65% of students accessed this website on a regular basis and they reported they found it led to a better understanding of maths concepts.

Action – Continue with strategy.

Assistive Technology including Google Chromebooks CTU £2200 Google Chromebooks were regularly used in lessons to promote student literacy through supporting extended writing providing an alternative approach to handwritten work. Over 75% of the students reported they found this a more engaging way to improve their written communication.

Action – Continue with strategy.

Provide extra staff support for students in Mathematics lessons Linked Teaching Assistant to Mathematics department NBA £3,081 The TA was used in two of the lower ability sets (7xMa4 & 7yMa4) which included this group of students and 40% were able to improve their attainment by a grade over the year. Issues of attendance prevented this figure from being bigger. This enabled the class to make progress in line with students in other classes (normally students in lower sets make less progress).

Action – Continue strategy but highlight absence to attendance team.

Provide extra staff student support in English lessons Linked Teaching Assistant to English department RFO £3,081 The use of the Teaching Assistant was employed in supporting students on a weekly basis in their English lessons. Staff reported that as a result students became more confident in their ability to write, read and speak and as a result their confidence increased in this area. This enabled the class to make progress in line with students in other classes.

Action – Continue with strategy.

Personalised support to improve literacy One to One reading support staffing RFO £9442 75% of students involved in this programme were reported by staff to have increased their confidence and fluency in reading and improved their average reading age by twenty-one months over the course of the year. This is in line with students nationally.

Action – Continue with strategy.

Lexia package for literacy RFO £3691 80% of students who regularly attended Lexia sessions were able to improve their literacy by improving at least three levels (equivalent to an increase of twenty four months above their chronological reading age). However, there was a 75% attendance rate for this intervention. This was nearly in line with students nationally.

Action – Continue strategy but highlight absence to attendance team.

Accelerated Reader programme RFO £2584 70% of students increased their reading ages from between 18 months to twenty four months from their chronological reading age by using this intervention programme. This was in line with students nationally.

Action – Continue with strategy.

Total expenditure £24,788

Catch Up Strategy Review 2016-17

Catch Up Strategy 2017-18