Catch-up Report

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy ‘Catch up’ Strategy

and Funding Report (2017-2018)

The 2016-17 Year 7 catch up funding provided schools with funding for each Year 7 student who did not achieve the ‘expected standard’ in Reading and/or Maths at the end of Key Stage 2.

The Ramsey Academy was allocated £16,500 in funding, in the 2016-2017 academic year, to support the 55 students who met the criteria in either Reading and/or Maths. This funding, as the name suggests, was to help these students to ‘catch up’ with their peers during their first year at the Academy.

The objectives of the funding:

  • To close the attainment gap by providing intensive literacy and numeracy support to students entitled to catch up Premium
  • To raise self-esteem and aspirations of students entitled to Catch up Premium
  • To enhance existing provision
  • To identify concerns and target intervention and support to accelerate progress
  • To ensure that parents are informed and involved where appropriate.

 

How we spent the 2016-17 funding:

Literacy Catch-up intervention

Cost

Use of co-educators in specified lessons to support catch-up students

£5000

Reading groups for identified catch up students during registration time led by co-educators. These students have been following a guided reading programme.

 

Additional guided reading resources (we need to choose and buy a set of these) for use with those who have already completed the original guided reading series and need new resources to make further progress.

£500

DEAR time support for catch up students from Literacy Leaders in Year 10. Training of Literacy Leaders in preparation for reading support.

 

Spelling tests for all students to identify progress and further need in spelling (co-ordinated by SENCO). Tests taken in English lessons (photocopy costs of tests as well as other costs).

£500

Retesting of reading via Kirklees to establish reading progress in identified students, particularly those who have been participating in reading groups for intervention (photocopy costs of tests as well as other costs).

£200

Use of SOUND training materials in lessons for literacy and library/SPG targeted at moving students forward.

£3500

Retest of KS2 Reading Comprehension paper to check if students have moved on in their wider reading skills e.g. reading for inference.

 

Numeracy Catch-up intervention

 

Specific numeracy lessons for 53 of the students – 1 or 2 hours of numeracy timetabled a fortnight.

£4000

A whole school focus on numeracy during tutor time with a focus on problem solving and reasoning

 

Targeted intervention using student co-educators and teaching assistants

£3000

Regular analysis of progress data to ensure the right students are targeted.

Question-level analysis of KS2 outcomes leading to targeted interventions and a record of progress.

A whole-school focus on numeracy during tutor time with a particular emphasis on resilience and problem-solving.

Re-test using the KS2 papers to measure improvements.

 

Total Spending £16,500

 

What effect did the expenditure have on the attainment and progress of students for whom it was allocated?

Success measure Impact

71% of students who moved from below ‘expected standard’ at the beginning of Year 7 in English to at the ‘expected standard’  at the end of Year 7.

37 students who were below expected level for reading at the end of KS2 were at expected level by the end of Year 7.

28 students who were below expected level for G, V and S at the end of KS2 were at the expected level by the end of Year 7.

72% of students identified as below chronological reading age made 10 months or more progress in 9 months (35 students out of 49)

57% of students improved their performance significantly in numeracy. 79% are making expected progress on their GCSE flightpath. 73% of students are expected to achieve grades 4 and above at GCSE.

Those students who were unable to attain ‘expected standard’ in numeracy and literacy will be given further support and interventions in Year 8.

 

Year 7 Catch Up Funding 2017 – 2018

Total Spending £15,500

Students have been added to SIMS as interventions for tracking purposes. These include starting points and individual targets.

Literacy Catch-up intervention

 

48 students have been identified as not achieving the expected standard in reading at KS2. In addition there are 7 “disallowed” students who we have included as our “catch-up cohort”. Student needs have been identified by using KS2 question-level analysis and by completing baseline assessments.

37 students have been identified as not achieving the expected standard in grammar, punctuation and spelling at KS2. In addition there are 7 “disallowed” students who we have included as our “catch-up cohort”. Student needs have been identified by using KS2 question-level analysis and by completing baseline assessments.

Use of co-educators in specified lessons to support catch-up students

£4000

Reading groups for identified catch up students during registration time led by co-educators. These students have been following a guided reading programme.

 

Additional guided reading resources (we need to choose and buy a set of these) for use with those who have already completed the original guided reading series and need new resources to make further progress.

£500

DEAR time support for catch up students from Literacy Leaders in Year 10. Training of Literacy Leaders in preparation for reading support.

 

Spelling tests for all students to identify progress and further need in spelling (co-ordinated by SENCO). Tests taken in English lessons (photocopy costs of tests as well as other costs).

£500

Retesting of reading via Kirklees to establish reading progress in identified students, particularly those who have been participating in reading groups for intervention (photocopy costs of tests as well as other costs).

£200

Use of SOUND training materials in lessons for literacy and library/SPG targeted at moving students forward.

£3500

Retest of KS2 Reading Comprehension paper to check if students have moved on in their wider reading skills e.g. reading for inference.

 

Numeracy Catch-up intervention

 

37 students have been identified as not achieving the expected standard in mathematics at KS2. In addition there are 10 “disallowed” students who we have included as our “catch-up cohort”. Student needs have been identified by using KS2 question-level analysis and by completing baseline assessments.

Specific numeracy lessons for 35 of the students – 1 or 2 hours of numeracy timetabled a fortnight.

£4000

A whole school focus on numeracy during tutor time with a focus on problem solving and reasoning

 

Targeted intervention using student co-educators and teaching assistants

£3000

Regular analysis of progress data to ensure the right students are targeted.

Question-level analysis of KS2 outcomes leading to targeted interventions and a record of progress.

A whole-school focus on numeracy during tutor time with a particular emphasis on resilience and problem-solving.

Re-test using the KS2 papers to measure improvements.

 

 

Impact

We determine that a student has ‘caught up’ by monitoring their KS2 question level analysis with updated data. We also monitor how the ‘catch up cohort’ are progressing against their target flight path.

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