The Year 7 Catch Up premium for literacy and numeracy provides schools with an additional £500 for each Year 7 pupil who did not achieve at least Level 4 in Reading and/or Maths at the end of Key Stage 2.
There are 16 Year 7 pupils in 2012-13 who qualify for the Catch Up Premium. The school will receive £8,000 to help close the gap in Reading and Maths.
Analysis of their progress at the end of Year 6 has identified a need to focus on Reading and Writing.
To raise standards in Literacy for all pupils in Year 7
Purchase personal iPads for each pupil in Year 7
Purchase and install differentiated Literacy software including Pocket Phonics and A+ Spellings
Plan and deliver weekly Booster Groups for Year 7 pupils. Groups will be differentiated according to need – three ability groups and two pupils who will be taught 1:1 due to their level of need. Groups will be planned and led by the English Lead Teacher
Homework to be set and marked where appropriate and in accordance with the Academy’s Homework Policy
Assessment to include tracking of progress through monitoring of the software
Impact July 2013:
Every pupil made progress. Progress was measured in Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening. Most progress was made in Reading, followed by Writing. There was slightly less progress made in Speaking and Listening. On average girls made slightly better progress than boys and higher ability pupils made slightly better progress than lower ability pupils.
The use of Year 7 Catch Up Premium helped to narrow the gap in attainment in English for all pupils in Year 7. However, due to the nature of their Special Educational Needs all Year 7 pupils are still working at levels below L4 in English and Maths.