What is the Catch-up 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).
All state-funded schools with year 7 pupils receive this funding. The money is to be used by schools 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 at secondary school.
The funding will not be ring-fenced for catch-up activities but it is expected that this funding is used for additional literacy and numeracy catch-up during year 7, as this can make a critical difference to pupils at this important stage.
Allocations for the financial year 2018/19
In the year 2018/19, the West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s will receive approximately £13,000 in catch-up funding.
How do we use the funding at West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s?
The additional funding is used to fund the following:
- Read Write Inc. Fresh Start reading intervention in small groups
- Creation and resourcing of an academy library
- Accelerated Reader Programme
- Classroom resources for and literacy support
- Some one to one intervention for literacy and numeracy
- MathsQuiz programme
- Complete Maths
- PiXL Maths
- Maths resources for mathematical understanding
What progress has been made?
Most of the students who have taken part in the Read Write Inc. intervention programme in Year 7 since September have improved their reading ages, though the programme has not delivered the impact we anticipated and so we are currently exploring alternative intervention programmes which will be trialled in 2019.
What is Read Write Inc. Fresh Start?
Read Write Inc. Fresh Start is a synthetic phonics intervention programme for pupils in years 5, 6 and 7 working below the expected level of progress. The programme gives older children who have not yet cracked the 'code of reading' the chance to catch up and become confident, fluent readers - enabling them to access the secondary curriculum. Ideal for paired / group work or working one to one with a pupil.
Using all the strategies that are so successful in Read Write Inc. Phonics, children are taught the 44 sounds systematically in lively, fast paced phonics lessons and quickly start to sound blend them to read words.
Fresh Start Modules and Anthologies provide specially written age-appropriate stories and non-fiction texts which the children have the phonic knowledge to read, building their confidence from the start. Writing is developed alongside reading.
What is the Accelerated Reader Programme?
Accelerated Reader gives teachers the information they need to monitor students’ reading practice and make informed decisions to guide their future learning.
A comprehensive set of reports reveals how much a student has been reading, at what level of complexity, and how well they have understood what they have read. Vocabulary growth and literacy skills are also measured, giving teachers insight into how well students have responded to reading schemes and class instruction.
MathsQuiz is an interactive programme used in lessons that is a personalised platform to identify students’ weakness and develops understanding of maths and enables students to close their gaps and reduce misconceptions that may be present. Students are guaranteed to make additional years progress within maths through this intervention programme.
The Trust have invested in the use of Complete Maths at both St John’s and St Hugh’s. The programme follows a Mastery approach where students are taught at the correct maths ability and build on prior knowledge and master topics before the class will move on to the next. Students are regularly quizzed on the previous two months of teaching to ensure they are continuously recalling their prior knowledge of topics taught so they are continuously revisiting areas of maths. Students spend time within the classroom to complete personalised feedforward tasks to ensure they close the gaps in their knowledge and ensure misconceptions are reduced and rectified.
PiXL Maths is used as a development strategy within St Hugh’s. Students complete termly assessments where they receive personalised Smith Proformas which highlight areas of improvement. Students can access the PiXL maths app and complete tasks that are in line with their gaps from previous assessments. Students are monitored on their engagement of the PiXL Maths app and are encouraged to use this as part of homework and independent learning outside the classroom.
The maths department have recently increased the resources of manipulative for the use in classrooms. This is to ensure students can demonstrate, discover and have firm understanding through conceptual, pictorial and abstract teaching. Students’ confidence in maths have been seen to improve and maths ages are seen to increase from the use of these manipulative.