Year 7 Literacy & Numeracy Catch-Up Premium
A Report on the School’s Deployment
of Year 7 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 mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2 (i.e. Achieved a scaled score of under 100 in GPVS, Reading or Maths).
- In 2017/18, the school received £31,748 as the literacy and numeracy catch-up premium.
- It is estimated that for 2018/19, the school will receive the same or a similar amount.
As a matter of policy, the school aims to address any underachievement by ensuring high quality “first wave” teaching in all lessons and the generality of the school budget is deployed to maximise this. However, we recognise that in addition to this, some students require additionally differentiated intervention to support them to make sound progress in the curriculum and school leaders deploy additional income such as the catch-up premium to subsidise this
The premium was used to subsidise a number of literacy and numeracy interventions for this group in Year 7. These included:
- A subscription to the Accelerated Reader programme which uses online quizzing to engage students in regular reading at an appropriate level whilst checking their understanding and their reading ages. The cost of this subscription was £5,210.
- The deployment of a teacher to teach intensive literacy and numeracy skills to a targeted group of Year 7 students who entered the school at below expected levels at the end of KS2 as an additional teaching group. The proportion of the teacher’s time allocated to this intervention cost the school £16,260.
- The deployment of a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) to support students who entered the school with below expected KS2 levels in their reading lessons, English lessons and mathematics lessons. The cost of this deployment was £20,100.
In total, the school deployed £41,570 specifically to Year 7 literacy/numeracy catch-
up which was subsided by the amount of the premium (£31,748).
In 2017/18, 22 students entered Year 7 having failed to achieve KS2 expected national levels. Of these 22 students:
- 14 (64%) made or exceeded expected progress towards age-appropriate levels in all their subjects by the start of Year 8.
- 3 students (14%) did not make expected progress in more than three subjects by the start of Year 8.
- 5 students (22%) did not make expected progress in one or two of their subjects by the start of Year 8.
These students will continue to receive additional support through the school’s support for learning structures.
The school received £32,714 this academic year.
14 students joined Year 7 in September 2018 with no KS2 levels.
7 students were shown to be working at below the level assessed by the KS2
tests in both GPVS and maths (B)
44 were working below the expected level in GPVS
51 were working below the expected level in maths
Intervention for this group of students, to be subsidised by the premium, is following the same pattern as for last year, except that we have extended the deployment of a teacher to teach key skills to a targeted group from a part-time commitment to a full-time role. The teacher employed for this role is trained and experienced in primary education and has, therefore, a particularly appropriate skills-set for this
The lowest attainers are placed in a ‘Golden Band’ which runs separately to the main curriculum in most subjects and has extra maths and English lessons replacing subjects such as languages.
The projected costs for these interventions are:
- A subscription to the Accelerated Reader programme of £5,210.
- Reassessing all students using the GL assessment suite of CATs tests, English
maths and science tests (£2400)
- The full-time deployment of a key-skills teacher at a cost of £30,000 (representing the proportion of time with the Year 7 group).
- The deployment of a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) to support students who entered the school with below expected KS2 levels in their Reading lessons, English lessons and mathematics lessons. The cost of this deployment was £20,100.
In total, therefore, the school is projected to spend £57,510 specifically on Year 7 literacy/numeracy catch-up, which will be subsided by the amount of the premium (approximately £31,748).
In 2018/19, 51 students entered Year 7 having failed to achieve KS2 expected national levels in GPVS (English), maths or both.
Of the 44 students who achieved less than expected levels in English at KS2:
- 10 Pupils made expected progress at the end of year 7 in English
- 13 pupils did not make expected progress at the end of year 7 in English
- 21 pupils made more than expected progress by the end of year 7 in English
Of the 51 students who achieved less than expected levels in maths at KS2:
- 3 pupils made expected progress at the end of Year 7 in maths.
- 17 pupils did not make expected progress at the end of year 7 in maths.
- 31 pupils made more than expected progress at the end of year 7 in maths
These students will continue to receive additional support through the school’s
support for learning structures.
News of the amount we will receive for 2019/2020 is not available until February/March of 2020. However none of the above strategies will be withdrawn and we are continually reviewing their effectiveness and researching new ways to ensure all students are performing at expected standards.
If you would like further information regarding the school’s deployment of the Year 7 literacy/numeracy catch-up premium, please contact the Deputy Head Teacher -
Mrs J Warren