The Catch-up Premium was formally launched in March 2013 as part of the government’s commitment to providing extra funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in Reading and/or Mathematics at the end of key stage 2.
At Eastbury Community School students are identified on the basis of their KS2 levels on entry together with our transition work with primary schools.
The aim of all Y7 intervention work is to raise levels of attainment in mathematics and English.
In 2015-16, 70 pupils (26 were SEN pupils) were eligible for the Catch-up Premium grant; therefore £35,000 was allocated for Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up and intervention work. A full break down of the detailed spending of the funding can be found with our Pupil Premium statement. In order to gain leverage we combined the use of these funds in 2015/2016.
What did we spend the extra funding was on?
The Catch UP Premium has been used in a range of ways, in conjunction with other interventions that the school has embedded – this includes:
- Additional English and Maths lessons to support closing the gap and accelerating progress- this is an additional 2 lessons a week, and for some pupils this is in place for the whole of key stage 3.
- Reading intervention to support reading for understanding
- Math intervention registration sessions
- Maths Rocks Assembly Event in July, which we will repeat again this year.
- A summer school was provided for the SEN students in this cohort.
- Departments were provided additional capitation to deploy for this cohort.
This level of additional support and intervention will continue into later years so that all pupils are given the opportunity to close any gaps in their Maths and English skills to allow them to access the rest of the curriculum more effectively.
Planned use of Y7 Catch-up Funding 2016/2017
In 2016/2017 the funding has been capped at £35,000 and there are more pupils who require support. We are therefore currently spending the grant for 2016/2017 in the same way and by January will have completed a full review to increase the effectiveness of this reduced funding per student.
Pupil Premium and Catch Up Impact 2016-17
Impact of Y7 Catch-up Funding 2015/2016
The impact was evaluated using the school’s data, and assessment tracking system where progress was measured using the school’s assessment policy.
- 61% of these pupils have made expected or better progress in English during year 7.
- 56% of these pupils have made expected of better progress in Maths during year 7.
- 50% have improved their reading age by at least 6 months in the last year, and 22% have increased it by at least a year.
For those learners who have not yet progressed additional screening and alternative interventions are planned.