Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium
The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives state-funded schools, including special schools and alternative provision settings, additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).
A pupil’s scaled score is based on their raw score. The raw score is the total number of marks a pupil scores in a test, based on the number of questions they answer correctly. A scaled score of 100 will always represent the expected standard on the test. 80 is the lowest scaled score that can be awarded and the highest scaled score is 120.
Students are identified from their standard scores who may need extra support from the year 7 catch up premium. We also use year 7 reading and spelling ages and a numeracy paper to decide the best way to use funding, selecting programmes and approaches that we know are effective.
Interventions for 2017-2018 include:
- Catch up sessions
- Extra numeracy/literacy lessons
- Specialist literacy teacher support
- Catch up weeks in numeracy and literacy
Allocation of catch up premium
Of students identified as working below expected score in reading, a proportion received Specialist Literacy teacher provision, 1x 50mins per week. This provision ran from October 2016 to June 2017. From the remaining group of students they were divided into 3 groupings according to their ability. For the higher ability group of students there were 3 assessment pieces of work, that indicated progress over the week, (spellings, know words and story starters). The middle group was very similar, however more interactive in order to engage students whilst maintaining a strong focus on sentence structure and literacy techniques. There was a greater emphasis on punctuation and grammar. The lower group included more focus on phonics and sequencing, this been an essential part of learning to read and write. There were 2 assessment pieces of work to show progress, phonics, Sequencing and Alphabet quiz.
Of students identified as working below expected score in numeracy a proportion received numeracy catch up 4x 15mins per week. This provision ran from October 2016-June 2017. From the remaining group of students they were further divided into 3 groups according to their ability. All students were assessed at the beginning of the week and end of the week with a progress test, which was created by the maths department and focused on the year 7 curriculum which had been covered, to enable over learning. Over the week the main focuses were timetables, time, area, perimeter, volume and shapes. The lower ability group the focus was the same with the same topics covered but with a lot more time spent on basic skills and over learning.