Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up funding

Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Funding

What is it?

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding from the Department for Education to support our Year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading or mathematics at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).

What we do?

We assess the individual needs of each of the students who attract the Year 7 catch-up premium to decide the best way to use the funding. We carefully monitor the progress of all our students, and design a range of programmes and approaches that we know are effective.

How do we do it?

  • All  Year 7 students are screened using a diagnostic reading test.
  • All follow ‘Accelerated Reader’, a programme that supports students in reading, enjoying and understanding texts.
  • All students are supported in their mathematics and English classes by highly skilled support staff.
  • Most students are taught English and mathematics in a small nurture group by a teacher and teaching assistant, with a maximum class size of fifteen.
  • Some students access a phonics programme to support them with their reading and writing skills.
  • All students undertake the LIT Programme which employs reciprocal teaching methods to improve comprehension.
  • Nurture group teachers, TAs and the librarian will be Sound trained and train students in these strategies.
  • If students are identified as not making progress, they have access to small group intervention in English and mathematics.

What is the impact?

  • In 2015-2016, we received a total of £17,500 additional funding for thirty-five students who entered school at Level 3 or below in both English and mathematics. Of these, 86% made four or more average point scores (two sub-levels) and 43% of students achieved level 4 or above in English and mathematics.
  • 80% of students significantly increased their reading age, with a number making over two years’ progress in one year.
  • This document will be updated with the 2016-2017 figures once these are confirmed. All Year 7 students we have identified are accessing a range of provision. Their progress is carefully monitored.

2015-16 allocation:

Cost  Description Impact
£3000 Nurture Groups

LIT Programme Training

One off cost for training – now being delivered throughout Year 7 and 8.

The nurture group benefited from a phonics and Hackney LIT programme which improved comprehension and accelerated progress. 90% of students made accelerated progress with one student making two and a half years’ progress in one year.
£651.69 Literacy Intervention Resources: Laburnam for Literacy and MBE books for literacy. After school intervention provided for students who are not making progress.
£329.20 After-School Reading Club

Class sets of texts

Students have benefited from reading a range of enjoyable and challenging texts after school. Impact on reading age should be seen this year and will be measured throughout 2016/17.
£995 Micro Librarian Reading Cloud Students can now access a wider range of texts via home devices and tablets which can be borrowed from the library. Impact on reading age should be seen this year and will be measured throughout 2016/17.
£5250 Sound Training Training purchased July 2016. Literacy Teaching Fellow, Librarian and nurture group teachers to begin delivery January 2017 to Year 7 and Year 8 (2015/16 catch up group).
£2262.11 MBE Maths Skills, frameworks and Maths dictionaries
£5012 Third Space Learning