The Government believes that by investing specific funding in identified cohorts of learners there will be a significant narrowing of the gap between sub groups. In response to Government thinking there is now a separate allocation of funding called the catch-up premium.

Schools receive an additional premium of £500 for each Year 7 pupil who has not achieved the national standard in reading and/or maths (maximum £500 per pupil) at Key Stage 2. The premium is available to all state-funded schools with a Year 7 cohort. The Government have committed to continuing the funding for at least the duration of the current spending review.

The money is used by Kingsthorpe College to deliver additional tuition or intensive support in small groups, giving pupils valuable support to bring them up to speed so that they are more likely to succeed whilst with us. The Government expects the funding to be used for additional literacy and numeracy catch-up during Year 7 given that this can make a critical difference to pupils at this important stage.

We use the question level analysis function (QLA) in the Analyse School Performance (ASP) service, formerly RAISEonline, to identify specific areas to focus on with new Year 7 students who haven’t reached the expected standard in the Key Stage 2 tests.
QLA gives a breakdown of individual pupils’ performance in each question and element of the three KS2 tests:

  • mathematics
  • reading
  • grammar, punctuation and spelling

2016 - 2017

For the academic year 2017-2018 The DfE confirmed that schools would receive the same total amount of Year 7 catch-up premium funding as they received in 2016/17, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of the Year 7 cohort, based on the October 2017 census. This allowed for the continued focus on this cohort of students.

On entry to Year 7 in the academic year 2017 -2018 we had 91 students (35.55%) who had not achieved the national standard of a scaled score of 100 in Maths; 109 students who had not achieved the national standard of a scaled score of 100 in English (42.57%) 68 students (26.56%) who had not achieved the national standard in either Maths or English.

The College used the £40,034 to focus directly on this specific cohort of learners identified. Our approach, was to ensure maximum progression towards securing the national standard and to use a personalised approach to support every child in their own specific needs and a modern curriculum approach that maximised impact.


2017 - 2018 Impact Measures

Success Measure Impact
English
The % of students who achieved National expectations by the start of Year 8.
71.8% of students eligible for catch up premium achieved National expectations by the start of Year 8.
Maths
The % of students who achieved National expectations by the start of Year 8.
93.55% of students eligible for catch up premium achieved National expectations by the start of Year 8.
English and Maths The % of students who made expected progress in both subjects. The % of students who made better than expected progress in both subjects. 72.92% of the Catch Up students made expected progress in both subjects.
18.75% of the Catch Up students made better than expected progress in both subjects
A2L
The % of students who saw an improvement in their average A2L scores.
56.38% of students improved their average A2L score.
Extra-Curricular Engagement
The % of students who actively increased their participation in extra-curricular clubs.
52% of students improved their attendance at extra-curricular clubs.
Accelerated Reader
The % of students who saw an improvement in AR scores/months
87.23% of students improved their AR scores/months and saw reading ages improve.
Attendance at Summer School
The % of students who attended the Summer School with a focus on literacy/numeracy.
61% of students attended the Summer School and showed positive A2L scores.
Attendance
The % of students who improved their attendance over the project period.
59.57% of students had a final attendance above the school target of 96%.
General Wellbeing
The % of students whose well-being improved as noted in Student Voice.
63% of students’ well-being improved during the project period.

2018 - 19

For the academic year 2018-2019 the College will receive approximately £40,000.

On entry to Year 7 in the academic year 2018 – 2019 we have ?? students (??%) who have not achieved the national standard of a scaled score of 100 in Maths; ?? students who have not achieved the national standard of a scaled score of 100 in English (??%) and ?? students (??%) who have not achieved the national standard in either Maths or English.

The College will use the Catch Up Fund to support identified students using small group interventions to help support their learning. Strategies that will be used include:

  • Provision of Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) support in English to work with identified students on basic Literacy Progress units
  • Personalised catch up sessions for identified students in English and Maths in addition to their normal lessons
  • Specialist Learning Support Assistant (LSA) working with identified students on a Phonics teaching programme for identified students in English
  • Summer School provision for identified students with a numeracy/literacy focus with impact measurable outcomes
  • Intensive small-group tuition
  • Use of Accelerated Reader to support improvements in literacy
  • Increased testing to measure impact of associated interventions and progress
  • Regular monitoring of student progress to assess progress of the Catch Up provision
  • Regular monitoring of student involvement in extra-curricular activities
  • Regular monitoring of students’ Attitude to Learning
  • Regular monitoring of student welfare and parental engagement via Student and Parent Voice
  • Regular monitoring of student attendance to enable early identification and intervention with students whose attendance drops below 95%

Strategy Cost
Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) support in English. £11,896
Personalised catch up sessions for identified students in English and Maths £7,875
Specialist Learning Support Assistant (LSA) working with identified students £8,564
Summer School provision for identified students with a focus on numeracy/literacy £3,030
Intensive small-group tuition £4,654
Accelerated Reader to support improvements in literacy £3,981

TOTAL

£40,000

More information can be found below:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/year-7-literacy-and-numeracy-catch-up-premium-guide-for-schools.

Last updated: 14 Oct 2018