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Year 7 Catch Up Funding

Year 7 Catch-Up Premium Funding

The Year 7 Catch-Up Premium Funding aims to provide catch-up support for any Year 7 students who did not meet the expected standard in Reading and/or Mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2.

How the funding is paid to schools?

The Education Funding Agency (EFA) pays the grant to Local Authorities (LAs). LAs must certify that they have passed on the correct amount of funding to schools or, where they have spent funding centrally, that they have spent it in line with the conditions of grant. The funding is usually received in March, but is used throughout the academic year. Schools and academies do not have to spend the grant in the same financial year; they may carry forward some or all of the grant to future financial years.

How much additional funding is provided?

In 2015 to 2016, schools were allocated £500 for each Year 7 student who did not achieve at least Level 4 in Reading and/or Mathematics at Key Stage 2. St Philomena’s received £8,500 in 2015 to 2016. However, the Year 7 Catch-Up Premium allocations for 2016 to 2017 have been allocated to schools using a new approach.

In 2016 to 2017 the funding to schools have been allocated on the basis that they receive the same overall amount of Year 7 Catch-Up Premium Funding received in 2015 to 2016, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their Year 7 cohort between the October 2015 and the October 2016 school censuses as follows:

(the number of Year 7 students recorded on the October 2015 school census) ÷ (the number of Year 7 students recorded on the October 2016 school census) x (2015 to 2016 allocation)

In 2016-2017 academic year, St Philomena’s received £9702.

Who decides how this funding is used?

The Headtecher and the Governing Body decide how the premium funding is used. The Governing Body receives regular progress reports from all subjects relating to student progress including Year 7 students who did not meet the expected standard in Reading and/or Mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2. The Year 7 Catch-Up Premium Funding is used in a way to provide catch-up support for any Year 7 students who did not meet the expected standard in Reading and/or Mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2. The Governing Body holds the ultimate responsibility of ensuring value for money.

What is the breakdown of our current Year 7 catch-up cohort?

We have identified 63 students eligible for the Catch-Up Premium in the academic year 2016-2017. This is made up:

Mathematics ONLY 21
Reading ONLY 24
BOTH Maths and Reading 18

42 students have been identified from their KS2 Reading SATS paper as not achieving the expected standard in Reading. These 42 students have been identified as our ‘catch up cohort’ for literacy, 6 of this cohort are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding.

39 students have been identified from their KS2 Mathematics SATS paper as not achieving the expected standard in Mathematics. These 39 students have been identified as our ‘catch up cohort’ for Numeracy, 7 of this cohort are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding.

How the current funding is being used?

The amount of funding for 2016-2017 is £9,702. We plan to spend this in a variety of ways, including:

  • Additional teaching staffing for targeted groups of students
  • In-class support for literacy and numeracy
  • Lexia reading / spelling programme
  • Small group and one to one tuition
  • Specific learning resources to support learning
  • Teachers and Learning Support Assistants offering extra intervention and support in literacy and numeracy
  • Additional guided reading sessions in the library

What was the impact of Year 7 catch-up interventions in 2015-2016?

We had 17 students eligible for the Catch-Up Premium in the academic year 2015-2016. This was made up from:

Mathematics ONLY 9
Reading ONLY 6
BOTH Maths and Reading 2

8 students were identified from their KS2 Reading SATS paper as not achieving at least level 4 in Reading. These 8 students was identified as our ‘catch up cohort’ for literacy, 2 of this cohort were in receipt of Pupil Premium funding.

11 students were identified from their KS2 Mathematics SATS paper as not achieving at least level 4 in Mathematics. These 11 students were identified as our ‘catch up cohort’ for Numeracy, 4 of this cohort were in receipt of Pupil Premium funding.

The school’s allocation for 17 students was £8,500 and this was spent on:

  • 1:1 Tuition for targeted students
  • Small group interventions
  • Purchase of level specific learning resources

Numeracy

We measured whether a student has ‘caught up’ by monitoring their levels of progress based on their End of Year Key Assessment (KA4) in Mathematics. 100% of the numeracy catch up cohort (11 students) made at least 3 Levels of Progress (3LOP), indicating that they are on track to meet their KS4 target.

 Literacy

We measured whether a student has ‘caught up’ by monitoring their levels of progress based on their End of Year Key Assessment (KA4) in English. 100% of the numeracy catch up cohort (11 students) made at least 4 Levels of Progress (4LOP), indicating that they are on track to meet their KS4 target.