Year 7 Literacy & Numeracy Catch-Up Premium Funding

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. Allocations are therefore based on a students' performance at the end of Key Stage 2 assessments taken during their final year at their primary schools.

We are required to publish on our website how we:

  • plan to spend the current academic year's allocation
  • spent the previous year's allocation including
  • What effect the premium had on student's educational attainment
  • How the school assessed the effect on attainment.

2014/15

For the academic year 2014-15 we will receive ­­­­­­­in the region of £20,000 Literacy & Numeracy Catch-Up Premium Funding for 40 Year 7 students.

Our priorities for this spend will include:

  • Intensive small group tuition in addition to classroom teaching by external Maths and English specialists 
  • Literacy and maths input in the Year 7 curriculum to promote reading and spelling programmes.

2013/14

Some more bespoke programmes include: kindles, newspapers and magazines, reading star resourcing, CJ programme of reading, KS2 grammar CPD (via EAL course), loan of iPads and employment of a TA (part-time) to specifically work with Catch-Up Premium students who have not accelerated in the first term.In 2013-14 The Academy received £17,500 Literacy & Numeracy Catch-Up Premium funding for Year 7 students who entered with L3 or below in Literacy OR Numeracy (each student only attracts funding once).  38 students fell into this category from our September 2013 cohort (29%) (Excluding EAL students and those for whom no data was available.) This funding was used to maintain small group sizes, provide TA support to those students both in the lessons and beyond for intervention and application across the curriculum, purchase new and engaging resources to best meet their needs, provide CPD for the whole staff, provide specific CPD for identified staff, release teachers to observe best practise in primary schools. 

In addition, the school restructured its curriculum offer for the year 7 cohort in September 2014 to provide something more bespoke to the under level 4 learners (Learn Effectively, Achieve Progress Programme).  This is called Acceler8 and staff release time to observe/research good practice and plan is being covered.

We assessed the effect on attainment in Literacy & Numeracy through:

  • Measuring students' literacy and numeracy ability on intake through baseline assessments i.e. induction assessments, Cognitive Abilities Tests (CATs) scores and BKSB assessments.
  • Measuring progress through:
    • Standardized Reading Tests end of year 7
    • Assessments end of year 7

Impact (2013-14)

  • 56% of the Catch Up Premium students in English who achieved level 3b or 3a in their KS2 SATs achieved a level 4 by the end of year 7.
  • 67% of the Catch Up Premium students in English who achieved level 3b or 3a in their KS2 SATs made 2 or more levels progress by the end of Year 7. 
  • >33% of Catch Up Premium students in English who achieved Level 3c in their KS2 SATs achieved a Level 4 by the end of the year 7.
  • >88% of Catch Up Premium students in English who achieved a Level 2 or below in their KS2 SATs made 2 or more sub-levels progress and 12% achieved Level 4 by the end of Year 7.

  And

  • >64% of Catch Up Premium students in Maths who achieved a level 3a in their KS2 SATS achieved a level 4 by the end of the year 7.
  • >100% of Catch Up Premium students in Maths who achieved Level 2 or below in their KS2 SATS made 2 or more sub-levels of progress, although none reached Level 4 by the end of the year (however, they started from very low baselines of 1c)

Reading Comprehension data

Catch up funding table