The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides schools with an additional £500 for each year 7 pupil who did not achieve the expected standard on the new KS2 SATs (i.e, they got a scaled score of below 100).
For the academic year 2016-2017 we received £53,439 and for 2017-2018 we will receive £59,500. The money is to be spent in the following ways:
1. We have introduced after-school sessions to provide additional support for pupils as and when required.
2. We continue to have the curriculum pathway called Connect; pupils on this pathway have more intensive teaching in and support for Literacy & Numeracy. This pathway requires additional staffing and resourcing.
3. Targeted summer school attendance for those pupils who achieved below the 100 scaled score.
At the start of the year pupils are assessed using baseline tests in spelling and writing. In advance of joining the school, KS2 data for the new cohort is analysed and WRAT tests are completed by all. Pupils who fall below a standardised score of 100 are invited to two weeks of summer school which focuses heavily on improving numeracy and literacy. All pupils are tested using Accelerated Reader and some pupils who fall well below the KS2 scaled score of 100 are also put onto the IDL system. They are blind tested throughout the academic year. Pupils who are deemed to be weaker at reading and writing are put into Connect and receive intensive literacy coaching. We use data from the KS2 SATs to identify areas that our pupils need to work on. All pupils are made to do basic skills lessons as part of their English course. The majority of pupils make accelerated progress in their reading ability over the year. This is backed up by the data from Accelerated Reader. Pupils also make significant progress in their writing as is proven by the Key Stage 3 tracker scores. This demonstrates that gaps in knowledge are being addressed throughout the year. We administer personalised spelling tests each week to every pupil. Pupils who fall below the scaled score in Years 7 and 8 are placed into Connect and work on Lexia and IDL. All KS3 teachers administer intervention when and where required throughout the year.
Pupils are assessed at the beginning of the year using a baseline assessment; this indicates the areas of mathematics for which pupils are then offered additional support. In their final assessment of the year all pupils have shown marked improvements in the identified areas. In advance of joining the school KS2 data for the new cohort for 2017 entry is analysed and all pupils falling below a standardised score of 100 are invited to two weeks of summer school which focuses heavily on improving numeracy and literacy. We use the results from the Key Stage 2 SATs to identify areas for development and target those specifically during Connect lessons and throughout the remainder of the academic year. In addition to this, each class teacher analyses their class KS2 data and provides intervention at various points throughout years 7 and 8 when the gaps in knowledge coincide with the scheme of work.
Impact: Numeracy and Literacy
The impact is that knowledge and understanding are accelerated and the majority of pupils are able to access the full curriculum. For the minority of pupils the Connect pathway is offered into Year 8 and beyond.