Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium is additional funding provided to schools by the government to help support students to ‘catch up’ in English and Maths. Funding is provided for each Year 7 student who has not achieved a raw score of 95 in reading and/or maths at Key Stage 2 to provide additional tuition or intensive support in small groups, giving students valuable support to bring them up to speed so that they are more likely to succeed at secondary school. 

It is down to schools to decide how the funding is spent to best support their students needs, however, It is expected that it will be used to deliver additional literacy and numeracy catch-up during Year 7 as evidence shows that this can make a critical difference to students at this important stage of their educational journey.
 

We have 15 students in Year 7 who are eligible for the premium in literacy due to having a raw score of 95 and below in their KS2 Reading SAT.

We have 13 students in Year 7 who are eligible for the premium in numeracy due to having a raw score of 95 and below in their KS2 SAT.

In literacy we deliver a mixture of 1:1, paired and small group sessions. A child is allocated based on level of need. Sessions take place during lessons and tutor time, avoiding where possible core subject withdrawal. Additional literacy lessons have been implemented by using 30 minutes of Values lessons and students receive a reading session at the end of their Art lesson.

We use a variety of programs with students including IDL, Toe by Toe and Alpha to Omega. In addition to this the literacy team also research and create new resources specific to individuals. This ensures focus is not only on reading but also on comprehension and SPAG.

We have introduced paired reading and peer reading with older students to encourage independence.

Comprehension groups have also been set up within the group reading sessions to encourage reflection and discussion around texts.

Handwriting practice sessions focusses on the quality of handwriting and speed.

In numeracy we deliver small group and paired intervention. This proves to be the most effective method of support for the students, they retain more of what they learn and explore due to the method of repetition.

We use a combination of My Maths, Maths Watch, Hegarty maths and practical numeracy resources to support student’s learning. The member of staff, who specialises in Maths, initially assesses key areas of weakness and then spends time securing basic numeracy / number skills. Weaknesses are also identified through question level analysis from assessments by the Head of Department. Students are shown the questions where they have performed the weakest in and this links to the specific Hegarty Maths lessons where they can watch video examples and then complete a mini quiz which tests that skill. This can be monitored by the class teacher and the intervention leader.

Discussions take place following the completion of students work. Students are encouraged to discuss how they came across their outcomes in order to check their processing skills.  It is quite common for lower ability students to regress upon transition to secondary school from  their KS2 SATs. Initial baseline tests showed that all of our students eligible for funding had regressed by at least one sublevel, two in most cases. Further testing at the end of term showed that all students were now securely working at their KS2 sub level, with only one student showing regression. This student has significant behavioral and attendance concerns, which are being addressed.

Further progress is now expected in numeracy, and this aspect in particular is being monitored closely.

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