What is the Year 7 Catch Up Premium?
Catch Up Premium is additional funding given to schools in England to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least Level 4 in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2) or, from September 2016, those year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of KS2. It is the expectation that this funding is used to support the improvement of the pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills in Year 7.
Students are eligible if they fall into one, or both, of these categories:
- Did not achieve at least a level 4 / the expected standard in reading at KS2
- Did not achieve at least a level 4 / the expected standard in maths at KS2
How has the funding been used?
For the academic year 2015/16, we received £10,500 and had 18 students eligible for the Catch Up Premium. Last year we had 3 who qualified for the English premium, 12 for the Maths and 3 students who met both criteria. For 2016/17, it is expected that we will receive approximately £11,000.
Last year we used the Catch Up Premium spending in the following ways:
- Weekly literacy programme, delivered by a specialist teacher with TA support (students did this instead of a Languages lesson)
- IDL Licence (online dyslexia and literacy programme)
- Weekly Maths intervention with Maths teachers
- Registration support for literacy in class
- TA support for maths lessons containing relevant students
* Funding received in January was based on the Autumn census, where 16 students were identified by DfE gateway but further students were identified after the census had closed.
How do we measure the impact?
The main measure of impact of Catch Up Premium spending is through closely monitoring the progress of the students in English and Maths. The key measure is the progress students make from the end of KS2 to the end of Year 7 (detailed below).
|0 sub-levels progress||1 sub-level progress||2 sub-levels progress (expected progress)||3 sub-levels progress||4 or more sub-levels progress|
|Progress in English from end of KS2 to end of Year 7||1||0||4||1||0|
|Progress in Maths from end of KS2 to end of Year 7||1||3||5||5||1|
What are the priorities for this year?
Based on the successes of the previous years, we intend to continue to offer additional support in literacy and numeracy to the students who meet the criteria set by the DfE. This year, the literacy programme will be in the format of a rolling programme, where students will be extracted from different lessons (in order that they still get to experience language lessons in Year 7 and therefore have the opportunity to study languages as they move up the school).
Weekly intervention, with specialist teachers in English and Maths, will continue. In addition, there will be support in the form of additional lessons for students in English and Maths, delivered by new, trained Raising Achievement Teaching Assistants.