Pupil Catch-up

St Ursula’s Catholic School Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium Strategy
Date: September 2018

Purpose of the premium

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). Schools must identify pupils who need extra support from the year 7 catch-up premium, so they can decide the best way to use the funding and only select programmes and approaches that they know to be effective. For example, schools can use the funding to pay for:

  • individual tuition
  • intensive small-group tuition
  • external services and materials
  • academically focused summer schools that help students catch up over a short period of time through intensive expert tuition

 

St Ursula’s Catholic School Year 7 Catch Up Profile 2017-18

Number of students in receipt of just literacy funding

Number of students in receipt of just numeracy funding

Number of students in receipt of both numeracy and literacy funding

Total number of students in receipt of funding

10

5

12

27

 

St Ursula’s Catholic School Year 7 Catch Up Profile 2018-19

Number of students in receipt of just literacy funding

Number of students in receipt of just numeracy funding

Number of students in receipt of both numeracy and literacy funding

Total number of students in receipt of funding

6

6

4

16

 

Overview of St Ursula’s Catholic School’s strategies for enabling Year 7 pupils to catch-up in literacy / numeracy

We will support year 7 pupils, who did not achieve the expected standard in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2), in the following ways:

  1. Withdrawal from one modern language to facilitate literacy interventions with specialist staff during the school day
  2. Additional literacy support
  3. Additional numeracy support
  4. Increasing teaching assistant support in English lessons
  5. Online vocabulary intervention
  6. Online numeracy programmes
  7. Phonics intervention and small group support through SEN department

 

Our rationale for spending the money in this way is:

We draw heavily on the Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF) Teacher Toolkit, the DFE’s Numeracy and Literacy Strategies report along with more specialised research articles and impact reports. These, along with the collective professional experience of our staff, have informed our chosen improvement strategies.

 

However, as all strategies work differently in different contexts, we regularly review, analyse, and evaluate our interventions to make the most of our literacy and numeracy catch-up grant (details of which are found below).

 

Each of our improvement strategies for the academic year commencing in September 2018 link directly to research. The links for each piece of research are below:

1. Small group intervention research which highlights the impact of effective intervention and research into the features needed to make this intervention effective

2. Bedrock Learning research and reading comprehension research

3. Digital technology research

4. Peer tutoring research

5. Phonics research

 

Year 7 Catch-up Funding – the total funding received by St Ursula’s Catholic School

2017-18

£4569

2018-19

£4005

 

Impact of the 2017/18 spend

At St Ursula’s Catholic School, the year 7 catch-up funding is spent in a variety of ways with the direct and explicit aim of improving the literacy and numeracy outcomes of those pupils who did not attain the expected standard in reading and / or maths at the end of KS2.

Catch-up strategy 2017/18

Amount

Description

Impact on Pupils’ Attainment

Additional literacy lesson per week

£731

Literacy was included into the carousel so that ‘catch up’ students received small group intervention on rotation.

Improvement was demonstrated with the majority of the students. Of the students involved, only 3 students failed to make expected progress and intervention and support is ongoing into Year 8.

45 minute literacy intervention per week

£338

Students worked on improving reading proficiency in small groups with a specialist.

Improvement was demonstrated with the majority of the students. Of the students involved, only 3 students failed to make expected progress and intervention and support is ongoing into Year 8.

45 minute numeracy intervention per week

£338

Students worked on basic numeracy in small groups with a specialist.

Improvement was demonstrated with the majority of the students. Of the students involved, 6 students failed to make expected progress and intervention and support is ongoing into Year 8.

One to one literacy support

£672

Two students received additional literacy one to one from a member of the AEN team.

Both students were making expected progress in English by the end of Year 7.

One to one numeracy support

£176

One student received additional literacy one to one from a member of the AEN team. This took place during form time.

This student was making expected progress in maths by the end of Year 7.

Resources

£200

  • Photocopying
  • Exercise books
  • Rapid Reading comprehension books

Enabled above progress to be made.

Additional Head of Year for Year 7 to support with transition and academic mentoring of Year 7 catch up students.

£3000

This additional member of staff to support with transition work and to monitor the progress of these students across the curriculum.

Students were closely monitored by the additional Head of Year and capacity was provided for mentoring.

TOTAL SPEND

£5455

 

End of Year 7 data – July 2018

 

Significantly below expected

Just below expected

Meeting the expected standard

Above expected

Totals

Maths

1

5

8

3

17

English

 

3

16

3

22

 

Projected Impact of the 2018/19 spend

A breakdown of the projected expenditure for the year 2018/19 is shown below, together with its projected impact.

Catch-up strategy 2018/19

Amount

Description

Impact on Pupils’ Attainment

Visits to primary school for maths, English specialist and SENCO.

£100

  • Cover costs for literacy and numeracy leads to visit a primary school to improve understanding of KS2 tests.

Key catch-up teachers will have a better understanding of KS2 tests, barriers to being ‘secondary ready’ and strategies to support students.

Gap analysis for literacy and numeracy to allow for targeted and bespoke intervention.

£360

  • Gap analysis completed of KS2 knowledge/skills.
  • Personalised learning checklist (PLC) produced for each catch up student

Teachers will have a clear understanding of skills/knowledge needed to achieve the expected standard.

PLCs used effectively to target intervention address gaps in knowledge/skills.

Year 7 literacy lessons taught by English specialist and SENCO. Extra TA support in 3/10 lessons.

£6686 – Lead teacher

£1595 – Additional TA support

 

  • Studying one language allows for three extra literacy lessons in Year 7
  • Small group and extra TA support to allow for more bespoke support

Targeted intervention (therapy) will address students’ gaps in knowledge and understanding. PLCs will show gaps closing.

Small group vocabulary intervention delivered by SENCO.

£1146

Students vocabulary widens, especially their academic vocabulary providing better access across the curriculum and beyond.

Small group maths intervention delivered by SENCO supported by Year 9 students.

£1146

Targeted intervention (therapy) will address students’ gaps in knowledge and understanding. PLCs will show gaps closing.

Celebration for attendance intervention sessions and for students who supported the intervention.

£100

  • TBC – Students to vote on celebration.

Reward commitment to programme and increase motivation.  Help to ensure that programme is viewed positively by students involved.

TOTAL SPEND

£11133.00