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Year 7 Literacy & Numeracy Catch Up Funding

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium

Final payments of the Year 7 Catch-Up premium were made in relation to the 2019 to 2020 academic year, therefore, the 2020 to 2021 academic year will be the last year for which we will report how this funding was used.

The Academy receives additional Catch-Up funding to support students who join the Academy below National Standard in Maths or English in Year 7.

The Academy primarily focuses the Catch-Up Funding to accelerate progress and increase outcomes for targeted students at the end of Year 7.

Once Key Stage 2 data is received, the Academy identifies students who need extra support from the Year 7 catch-up premium. The question level analysis function (QLA) in the Analyse School Performance (ASP) service allows us to identify specific areas to focus on with new Year 7s who haven’t reached the expected standard in Key Stage 2 tests.

We consider each individual student’s performance in each question and element of the three KS2 tests:

  • mathematics
  • reading
  • grammar, punctuation and spelling

Using this information, we then select programmes and approaches that we know are effective. Examples of how we use the funding include:

  • individual tuition on identified areas
  • intensive small-group tuition in literacy and numeracy
  • targeted evidence-based intervention programmes
  • external services and materials including specialist assessment where appropriate

Funding and Impact 2019-2020

In 2018-19 the Academy received £14,143 of Catch-Up funding.  (Note: In the absence of reported Key Stage 2 data, this funding was calculated based on number and roll and allocations for the previous academic year).

The range of provision was impacted upon by Covid-19 and the lockdown period but included:

  • individual tuition on identified areas
  • intensive small-group tuition in literacy and numeracy
  • targeted evidence-based intervention programmes
  • external services and materials including specialist assessment where appropriate
  • remote delivery of targeted materials and sessions

For the Year 7 cohort who began in 2019 the numbers of students working below the National Standard in English and / or Maths was as below:

Year 7 – 2019-20
Reading under 100 Maths Under 100 Both Under 100 Students with no KS2 Data
27 14 12 3

The impact of the funding was measured through assessment at the end of Year 7 and was as below:

Year 7 – 2019-20
English data July 2020 for Catch Up cohort

Below

Close To

On Target

Above
3% 0% 67% 29%

In English, 97% of students identified as in need of Catch Up finished the year working on or above their target.

Year 7 – 2019-20
Maths data July 2020 for Catch Up cohort
Below Close To On Target Above
21% 14% 57% 7%

In Maths, 64% of students identified as in need of Catch Up finished the year working on or above their target and a further 14% were close to their target.

In both areas, further intervention was put in place for identified students to continue to accelerate progress.

Funding and Impact 2018-2019

In 2018-19 the Academy received £14,457 of Catch-Up funding.

The range of provision included:

  • Reduced class sizes to improve opportunities and outcomes.
  • One to one or paired group reading lessons.
  • Additional numeracy and literacy intervention.

For the Year 7 cohort who began in 2019 the numbers of students working below the National Standard in English and / or Maths was as below:

Year 7 – 2018-19
Reading under 100 Maths Under 100 Both Under 100 Students with No KS2 Data
18 22 12 2

The impact of the funding was measured through assessment at the end of Year 7 and was as below:

Year 7 – 2018-19
English data July 2019 for Catch Up cohort
Below Close To On Target Above
0% 0% 67% 33%

In English, 100% of students identified as in need of Catch Up finished the year working on or above their target.

Year 7 – 2018-19
Maths data July 2020 for Catch Up cohort

Below

Close To

On Target

Above
0% 4% 73% 23%

In Maths, 96% of students identified as in need of Catch Up finished the year working on or above their target and a further 4% were close to their target.

In both areas, further intervention was put in place for identified students to continue to accelerate progress.

Funding and Impact 2017-18

In 2017-18 the Academy will receive £24,000 of Catch-Up funding for 36 students:

The range of provision includes:

  • Reduced class sizes to improve opportunities and outcomes.
  • One to one or paired group reading lessons.
  • Additional numeracy and literacy intervention.

Progress in reading ages (tested at six-month intervals):

  • 72% of students have made expected progress on their reading age.
  • 20% of students have improved at twice the expected rate.
  • 12% of students have improved by at least three times the expected rate.
  • 70% of students now have a reading age of 10+

Progress in English (based on their KS2 start point)

  • 88% of students have made expected progress in Year 7 from their KS2 starting point
  • 44% of students have made more than expected progress in Year 7 from their KS2 start point.

Progress in Mathematics (based on their KS2 start point)

  • 95.2% of students have made expected progress in Year 7 from their KS2 starting point.
  • 14% of students have made more than expected progress from their KS2 starting point.

Funding and Impact 2016-17

In 2016-2017 there were 48 students who scored below age-related expectations. However, catch-up funding was based upon the 2015-16 numbers; meaning that the Academy only received £5,000.00 (based on 10 students).

Progress in reading ages (tested at six-month intervals):

  • 70% of students have made expected progress on their reading age.
  • 20% of students have improved at twice the expected rate.
  • 13% of students have improved by at least three times the expected rate.
  • 57% of students how have a reading age of 10+.

Progress in English (based on their KS2 start point)

  • 93.4% of students have made expected progress in Year 7 from their KS2 starting point
  • 43.4% of students have made more than expected progress in Year 7 from their KS2 start point.

Progress in Mathematics (based on their KS2 start point)

91.1% of students have made expected progress in Year 7 from their KS2 starting point; (21%) are not considered to be working at age related expectations for Year 7.

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