Year 7 Catch-up Funding


Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Funding
The literacy and numeracy catch-up funding provides schools with an additional £500 for each Year 7 student who did not achieve at least Level 4 in reading and/or Maths at the end of Key Stage 2. In 2018 those students who entered Regents Park with below level 4 in English and Maths made outstanding progress. The Progress 8 score for this group of students, who received the extra support through the catch up funding, was +0.45. This was well above average progress against other students of this ability nationally.

Strategy for 2018-19
For the current academic year, we expect to receive in the region of £13,000 for the literacy and numeracy catch-up funding, however receipt of this does not take place until February 2019. Currently, students are identified using KS2 scaled scores, baseline assessments and teacher input.

This is currently being used as follows:

  • Small literacy and numeracy withdrawal groups including 1:1 with focused literacy and numeracy interventions.
  • Reading and spelling tests to assess progress.
  • Maths and English catch-up sessions.
  • The bespoke RPCC accelerated reader programme that all Year 7 catch-up students use weekly will assess and monitor students’ progress in reading skills and comprehension. Reading ages will be continuously tracked and recorded in order to ensure challenge and progress.
  • Literacy/numeracy interventions through the Learning Support Department.
  • Whole school promotion of literacy and numeracy e.g. World Book Day, Numeracy Ninjasand Doddle
  • Additional staff training to ensure best practice in supporting and intervening to make rapid progress in numeracy and literacy.
  • Targeted intervention for those with SEN needs
  • Screening for Dyslexia for those who are not making expected progress in English
  • Additional twilight support with homework
  • Disapplication from MFL to concentrate on reading tasks

Impact of Funding 2017-18
For the academic year 2017-18, the school received £13,718 for the literacy and numeracy catch-up funding. We have set up a programme of events which is repeated annually as we found these strategies successful with our students. The impact of this is that it raises the attainment of students below level 4 in English and Maths to help them achieve the expected secondary school level within a short space of time.

Within maths, key identified students receive extra numeracy during tutor time. In September we identified the students who need support and they receive small group work within tutor time. In December the whole cohorts progress is identified and those students who require catch up sessions are supported with extra small group work also in tutor time working on improving key numeracy skills.

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