Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium
The Catch-Up Premium, is used by schools to provide literacy and numeracy catch-up support for Year 7 students. It enables those students that did not achieve the required standard in reading and/or mathematics at Key Stage 2 to be given the opportunity to catch up as quickly as possible.
At Oasis Academy Wintringham we have a variety of strategies to enable students to catch-up and these are designed to meet the individual needs of the identified students. The Catch-Up Premium is separate to the Pupil Premium, although there may be a significant overlap of students who are entitled to both forms of support.
Like the Pupil Premium the Catch-Up Premium is reported online by the school annually and contains information on the funding allocation, strategies used and impact of spending on the students.
Impact of Y7 Catch-Up Funding 2019-20
In 2019-2020, Year 7 Catch-up funding was match funded to that received the previous year and scaled according to the numbers on role. The amount received was £30,433.
These funds were used to partially contribute towards having smaller class sizes for the academically weakest students who failed to achieve the required standard in KS2, as well as partially funding teaching assistants in some classes.
The funding was also used in conjunction with PP funding to pay for the Accelerated Reading Scheme to bolster standards of literacy, as well as resources for the delivery of ‘Maths Mastery,’ to ensure under-developed numeracy skills were addressed.
In Year 7 there were 54 students (26%) who did not meet the required standard in English, and 45 students (22%) who did not meet the required standard in Maths. On average, the 54 students made an average of 10.3 months Reading Age Progress between September and February. 20% of students made more than 10 months progress.
English Progress Year 7 into Year 8
After term 1 the English forecast grade average for the students below the required standard on entry was a forecast GCSE grade of 3.2. This relatively high attainment for a low starting point has been further improved upon over the course of the year with the forecast grade average being 3.4 during the first term of Year 8. Given that there has been significant disruption to education due to COVID this improvement is a positive step forward in helping students catch-up. As well as Spelling Age, the Accelerated Reader Scheme also served to improve Reading Comprehension, which coupled with the cumulative impact of quality first English teaching, has resulted in improved attainment forecasts.
Maths Progress Year 7 into Year 8
The forecast GCSE average grade for the students below the required standard in Maths, after 1 term was 2.7 and this increased to 3.0 by the first term of Year 8. This shows that the positive impact of the smaller group Maths teaching, as well as the enhanced understanding of numeracy through the ‘Mastery’ approach, was still able to have an effect despite the significant disruption experienced due to COVID.