The Year 7 catch-up premium is a type of funding additional to the main school funding. It is received from the government and is allocated to support students who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2).
Schools are free to spend the catch-up premium as they see fit within specific parameters.
In 2015/16 we have 19 students who were below a level 4. Funding for these students is £9,500.
In 2016/17 we have 26 identified as being below the expected level of reading and maths. The Academy will receive the same overall amount of year 7 catch-up premium funding as last year, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of the Year 7 cohort, based on the October 2016 census.
In 2015/16, 19 students were eligible for the funding and were given extra English tuition throughout the academic year in the form of one-to-one sessions and small group-based sessions with a specialist English tutor. In addition to this, students participated in motivational workshops with poets. 11 students made above 3 levels of progress, six students made 3 levels of progress and two students made 2 levels of progress.
The funding for 2016/17 will continue to help us allocate extra intervention/provision sessions to the students that need it most. Any students who are not making one level of progress will receive intensive intervention sessions with PET-Xi in the Summer term.
In 2015/16 there were 14 students that did not reach a level 4 in KS2 Maths. Students eligible for the funding were given extra maths tuition throughout the 2015/16 academic year in the form of one-to-one sessions with a specialist maths tutor, LSA numeracy strategies and small group sessions based in the Rapid Progress Group (RPG) for the majority of the students.
By the end of the Autumn Term, three of the 14 were now achieving a level 4 as a result of these intervention strategies. By the end of the Autumn Term, three of the 14 were now achieving a level 4 and by the end of Spring Term, only five were not at a level 4. By the Summer Term assessment point, 79% of the students had ‘caught up’ with only three not at level 4. As an Academy, we continue to monitor and offer support to all 14 students through our ‘Numeracy Ninjas’ initiative, one-to-one intervention/provision sessions, small group work and LSA led numeracy strategies.
The funding this year (2016/2017) will continue to help us allocate extra intervention sessions to the students that need it most and as well as the above strategies, we also have a specialist intervention company booked in to work with those students that, towards the end of the year, still require additional ‘catching up’ as well as the assistance given from our own internal strategies.
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