YEAR 7 LITERACY AND NUMERACY CATCH-UP PREMIUM
The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least Level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2). The grant allocation for 2014-15 was £22,500.
Students requiring additional catch-up support were identified through analysis of their SATs data combined with CAT scores which are done within three weeks of students entering the College. Where appropriate, students also have a NFER reading assessments completed. Students were specifically targeted when they had reading ages below their chronological age, achieved a SAS score of less than 90 on the CAT data, and achieved below a Level 4 for English and/or Maths at KS2.
- Funding has been spent on a number of schemes in order to close the gap between these students and their peers. In particular:
- The use of experienced teachers (both internal staff and external tutors) to deliver bespoke intervention sessions to students, typically over a 6 week period of time. At the start of the sessions students are given a baseline assessment with follow up at the end of the intervention. The focus of these sessions is typically reading and comprehension skills in order to ensure that students can access the curriculum.
- The introduction of a Reading Programme and associated resources to encourage reading within all curriculum subjects.
- Training for English specialists and other College staff on Read, Write, Inc. strategies for KS3 students.
Our future plans for 2015-16 will include increasing the number of intervention sessions within our taught curriculum. Funds have been allocated in order to appoint staff across the Federation that were KS2 specialists and therefore able to support regular literacy/numeracy intervention at all levels. We will test students on entry (Reading Age Profiles) in order to help monitor the level of impact that intervention is having.