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Year 7 Catch up Premium

Year 7 catch up premium

Students that do not meet L4 (secondary ready) in KS2 tests reading and maths.

Year 7 catch-up Premium Allocations

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy catch-up premium: guide for schools

Year 7 Catch up letter to Parents

Year 7 Catch up premium strategy 2015

Background

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 students who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).

All state-funded schools with year 7 students receive this funding, including:

  • local-authority-maintained schools
  • academies
  • free schools
  • local-authority-maintained special schools
  • special academies
  • special free schools

Allocations

 As a school we receive an additional £500 for each student in year 7 who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/ or maths at the end of KS2. The following data was used to determine how much funding our school should receive:

The autumn school census.

  • Provisional results from the national curriculum assessments at KS2.

How we use the funding

As a school we assess the individual needs of each of the students who attract the year 7 catch-up premium to decide the best way to use the funding.  We select the programmes and intervention that we know are effective.

  • The employment of catch- up literacy tutors to work with students on an intensive catch up literacy programme.  This programme will provide 1:1 intervention of 1 hour per week over a fourteen week period initially which can be extended by a further fourteen weeks if necessary.  This will enable all students who arrived in Year 7 with a literacy Key Stage 2 level below 4 to benefit from this intensive support.  The intervention will focused primarily on reading and comprehension but will also target a student’s individual needs as a result of careful monitoring and liaison with each student’s English teacher.
  • An intensive catch up maths programme will also be offered to identify students. This will be provided by a teacher from the maths team who will work with small groups of up to 4 students for an hour a week on identified skills which are proving a barrier to their progress in maths. This intensive intervention will last for up to 10 weeks and involve 8 students at any one time.
  • 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 their year 7 child with literacy and numeracy skills.
  • 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 measures used to show the impact of the catch-up premium included:

  • Assessing the number of students who moved from below level 4 at the beginning of Year 7 to level 4 and above at the end of the year in Maths.
  • Assessing the number of students who moved from below level 4 at the beginning of Year 7 to level 4 and above at the end of the year in English.