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 2016 to 2017
In the year 2016 to 2017, the West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s received £15,208 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
- Appointment of Graduate Learning Mentor for English
- Accelerated Reader Programme
- Classroom resources for and literacy support
- Some one to one intervention for literacy and numeracy
What progress has been made?
Out of a cohort of 69, 32 students made progress. Out of these 32 students 15 made more than one year’s progress with the largest amount of progress being 47 months. It was seen that the most progress made was by the students who had a starting reading age of below functional reading.
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.
These reports will be updated regularly.