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Year 7 Catch Up

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Premium

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gave schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least National Curriculum level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). 

The funding was provided for an academic year.

Schools assessed the individual needs of each of the pupils who attracted the year 7 catch-up premium to decide the best way to use the funding.

Catch-up Premium Allocations:

Academic Year

Funds

2019-20

£8,500

2018-19

£3,000

2017-18

£4,550

Use of the Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium

Our school provides a personalised learning programme for all students to help them achieve their maximum potential and this includes literacy and numeracy. 

In 2019-20 funds were spent on the training and employment of a part-time specialist Communication Support Assistant (CSA) who worked with colleagues, individual students and small groups to support the development of their key communication skills.  To do this the CSA focused on working closely with the teacher with a TLR for Communication, to enrich the curriculum with additional activities, providing a wide variety of opportunities for development and assist in the purchasing of resources and expertise to meet our students’ needs.  We believe that the Year 7 is a crucial stage in the development of students’ communication skills as they experience a transitionary year from their primary schools. It is also vitally important that staff are supported to develop their skills in supporting and promoting communication with pupils new to the school.

 

How last year’s allocation made a difference to the attainment of the pupils who benefit from the funding (2019-20)

Last year’s funds were spent on the purchase of additional computers and software and the re-fitting of the library to create an enhanced learning space.  We also funded the development of sensory modulation approaches.  This included the use of a sensory integration consultant and purchase of a wide range of sensory circuit resources. We also focused on a strong transition process from Year 6 to 7 to support consistent approaches and minimise loss of momentum of learning. 

The school develops ways to measure the impact of this provision on attainment in many areas, including literacy and numeracy.  We are able to evidence the impact through the students’ Individual Learning Plans, Progress Files, Annual Reviews and P Level progress.

16 pupils were available for funding last year. Of these, all made at least expected progress in English and Maths, despite the second half of the year being severely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. One pupil made above expected progress in English, despite his time at school being limited in the second half of the year.

Click here to see a case study which illustrates the direct outcomes of the Year 7 Literacy & Numeracy Catch Up Premium during 2019-20.