The Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium provides schools with an additional £500 for each Year 7 student who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2, for 2016/2017 it will be those students who scored 100 or less in reading and/or maths.
The Catch-Up Premium of £21,200 which we received in March 2016 for the academic year 2015 – 16 was allocated in the following ways:
- The employment of a primary school specialist, therefore bridging the gap between primary and secondary school
- Extra literacy classes for those students not making at level 4 at primary school
- Reduced class sizes in those sets that contain the students with catch-up literacy and numeracy premium, with numbers rarely going above 20 students in these sets
- The assignment of additional adults (Learning support assistants) to classes with students benefiting from the Catch-Up Premium in both English and maths
- The provision of parent workshops to enable parents to help them support their Year 7 child with literacy and numeracy skills, these were also extended to Y5 and Y6 to support the transition for those students who were weaker in numeracy
Alongside this we also realised that many of these students also struggled with social and emotional issues plus organisational skills, therefore students were also invited to attend the following sessions where need dictated:
- Reading Partnership – Peer tutoring with Y12 students.
- Homework Club – To support the extended study of Maths and English in a focused environment.
- Hand Writing Intervention – To support the application of literacy in all lessons.
- Vertical Tutor Group – Students applied maths and literacy skills in a variety of different ways, including writing a bid for money to set up their own garden, from which they have created two events for staff.
Essential to all this was also planning for the academic year of 2016/2017, therefore with the restructuring of the SLT team, the Catch Up Premium was reviewed due to the expectation that due to the change in SATS we would have a greater number of students not making the floor target of 100 or more, thus the following additions have also been made (based on EEF recommendations and reviewing of other successful schools).
- The introduction of an external GSL Maths and Literacy test at the start of year to bench mark current attainment and skill set. This will be repeated at the end of the year, as well as formative assessments throughout.
- Parent packs to support literacy at home, using information from GSL tests to create bespoke targets for students to work on. This will also be extended to numeracy once a co-ordinator is in place.
- Employment of a Literacy Intervention specialist who works with students 1:1 for a one 50 minute session per week. These sessions run on a six weekly cycle and students that successfully complete this are withdrawn and monitored within lessons. The purpose of these sessions is to accelerate progress but also support the content of normal English lessons. This will also be extended to numeracy once a staff member is employed.
- The use of BGS time to create a specific form group for literacy and numeracy once a week, providing short sharp interventions. The purpose of these sessions is to accelerate progress and support the content of normal English and Maths lessons.
- The use of SuccessMaker to allow students to practice both with a teacher and independently, without the need for a specialist.
- The training of two specialist support staff with www.catchup.org, to be able to deliver short courses to students.
We are thankful we have made these changes as in the academic year of 2016/2017 we have 111 students that did not make the floor target of 100 compared to 43 in the 2015/2016 academic year. Essential to all the above is the need to measure progress with students moving on and off interventions as required, therefore as well in 2016/2017 there is a designated senior leader to oversee this, who will work closely with the Assistant Head for KS3 and the SENCO for the school, as well as the English and Maths departments.