Catch-up Report

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy ‘Catch up’ Strategy

and Funding Report (2018-2019)

The 2017-18 Year 7 catch up funding provided schools with funding for each Year 7 student who did not achieve the ‘expected standard’ in Reading and/or Maths at the end of Key Stage 2.

The Ramsey Academy was allocated £16,500 in funding, in the 2017-2018 academic year, to support the 55 students who met the criteria in either Reading and/or Maths. This funding, as the name suggests, was to help these students to ‘catch up’ with their peers during their first year at the Academy.

The objectives of the funding:

  •  To close the attainment gap by providing intensive literacy and numeracy support to students entitled to catch up Premium
  •  To raise self-esteem and aspirations of students entitled to Catch up Premium
  •  To enhance existing provision
  •  To identify concerns and target intervention and support to accelerate progress
  •  To ensure that parents are informed and involved where appropriate.

How we spent the 2017-18 funding:

Total Spending £16,500

Students have been added to SIMS as interventions for tracking purposes. These include starting points and individual targets.

Literacy Catch-up intervention 

48 students have been identified as not achieving the expected standard in reading at KS2. In addition there are 7 “disallowed” students who we have included as our “catch-up cohort”. Student needs have been identified by using KS2 question-level analysis and by completing baseline assessments.

37 students have been identified as not achieving the expected standard in grammar, punctuation and spelling at KS2. In addition there are 7 “disallowed” students who we have included as our “catch-up cohort”. Student needs have been identified by using KS2 question-level analysis and by completing baseline assessments.

Use of co-educators and teachers in specified lessons to support catch-up students

£4400

Reading groups for identified catch up students during registration time led by co-educators. These students have been following a guided reading programme.

 

Additional guided reading resources (we need to choose and buy a set of these) for use with those who have already completed the original guided reading series and need new resources to make further progress.

£500

DEAR time support for catch up students from Literacy Leaders in Year 10. Training of Literacy Leaders in preparation for reading support.

 

Spelling tests for all students to identify progress and further need in spelling (co-ordinated by SENCO). Tests taken in English lessons (photocopy costs of tests as well as other costs).

£500

Retesting of reading via Kirklees to establish reading progress in identified students, particularly those who have been participating in reading groups for intervention (photocopy costs of tests as well as other costs).

£200

Use of SOUND training materials in lessons for literacy and library/SPG targeted at moving students forward.

£3500

Retest of KS2 Reading Comprehension paper to check if students have moved on in their wider reading skills e.g. reading for inference.

 

Numeracy Catch-up intervention 

35 students have been identified as not achieving the expected standard in mathematics at KS2. In addition there are 10 “disallowed” students who we have included as our “catch-up cohort”. Student needs have been identified by using KS2 question-level analysis and by completing baseline assessments.

Specific numeracy lessons for 35 of the students – 1 or 2 hours of numeracy timetabled a fortnight.

£4400

A whole school focus on numeracy during tutor time with a focus on problem solving and reasoning

 

Targeted intervention using student co-educators and LSAs

£3000

Regular analysis of progress data to ensure the right students are targeted.

Question-level analysis of KS2 outcomes leading to targeted interventions and a record of progress.

A whole-school focus on numeracy during tutor time with a particular emphasis on resilience and problem-solving.

Re-test using the KS2 papers to measure improvements.

 

What effect did the expenditure have on the attainment and progress of students for whom it was allocated?

Success measure Impact

 47% of students improved their performance significantly in numeracy.

 78% are making expected progress on their GCSE flightpath.

 41% of students are expected to achieve grades 4 and above at GCSE.

65% of students who were below the expected level for reading at the end of KS2 were at the expected level by the end of Year 7.

68% of students who were below the expected level for GPVS at the end of KS2 were at the expected level by the end of Year 7.

77% of children are expected to achieve grades 4 and above at GCSE. 85% are making the expected progress or better on their GCSE flight path.

Those students who were unable to attain expected standard in literacy will be given further support and interventions in Year 8. 

Year 7 Catch Up Funding 2017 – 2018

Total Spending £16,500 

Literacy Catch-up interventon

33 Students have been identified as not achieving the expected standard in reading at KS2. Student needs have been identified using KS2 test data, question level analysis and by completing base line assessments.

31 students have been identified as not achieving the expected standard in grammar, punctuation and spelling at KS2. Student needs have been identified using KS2 test data, question level analysis and by completing base line assessments. 

Withdrawal of small groups of these identified students took place from October with use of PIXL Catch-Up strategy and materials to boost performance to at least expected level in GPVS and reading. 

Student co-educators were used in specific lessons to support students in need of Catch-Up. £4000 

Reading groups run by co-educators during registration develop reading skills in identified students via a guided programme.                                                                                                                       £500      Literca                                     

Additional reading programme resources are used where appropriate in line with the Boys’ Reading Project in association with Saffron Alliance. And Essex Local Authority                                                                                 

DEAR time support from Year 9 and 10 Literacy Leaders will be used to support identified students.

Spelling tests for students to identify progress and further need in spelling (co-ordinated by SENCO). Tests taken in English. Photocopy plus other costs.                                                                         £500

Retesting of reading will take place via Kirklees to establish reading progress in identified students, particularly those participating in reading groups for intervention. This will be done in tandem with those students assessed via STAR Reader for the Boys’ Reading Project.                                     £200 

Use of SOUND training resources in lessons for literacy and library/SPG targeted at moving students forward.       £3,000                              

Use of exam board produced Year 7 exam in May to assess progress across all literacy based skills. £500

Numeracy Catch-up intervention

37 students have been identified as not achieving the expected standard in mathematics at KS2. In addition there are 10 “disallowed” students who we have included as our “catch-up cohort”. Student needs have been identified by using KS2 question-level analysis and by completing baseline assessments.

Specific numeracy lessons for 35 of the students – 1 or 2 hours of numeracy timetabled a fortnight.

£4000

A whole school focus on numeracy during tutor time with a focus on problem solving and reasoning

 

Targeted intervention using student co-educators and teaching assistants

£3000

Regular analysis of progress data to ensure the right students are targeted.

Question-level analysis of KS2 outcomes leading to targeted interventions and a record of progress.

A whole-school focus on numeracy during tutor time with a particular emphasis on resilience and problem-solving.

Re-test using the KS2 papers to measure improvements

 

 Impact

We determine that a subject has 'caught up' by monitoring their KS2 analysis with updated data. We also monitor how the "catch up cohort" are progressing against their target flight path.

 

 

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