Context and funding

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium was introduced by the Government in January 2013 and is paid to schools to rapidly raise levels of achievement for year 7 students attained below a national curriculum level 4 in reading and/or maths, at the end of key stage 2.  Given the removal of nc levels, for 2016-17 the Dfe have said that funding will mirror that of 2015-16.

The premium is allocated to schools and it is for schools to decide how it is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual students in their care. This school uses the funding to support the needs of the identified students, by ensuring that it impacts on their progress in literacy and numeracy, where identified and further details regarding the specific usage is provided below.

  Our Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium funding

 Total funding in 2015/16 was £9,500 (19 students) and therefore funding in 2015/17 is also £9,500

 Vision, strategies and expenditure  

As with the use of Pupil Premium monies, our vision at Rye College is to ensure that the funding directly supports the students for whom we have been given the funding.

For 2016/17 we have invested in the highly regarded Reading Wise software and training.  This is an intensive programme of interactive literacy support delivered every morning for 20 minutes with the support of our HLTA (Literacy) and a TA for 14 consecutive weeks.  This programme will be delivered in groups of 6 and we intend that the 18 students whose Reading scores were lowest on arriving with us from primary school will benefit from the resource over the course of the year.  A Reading Age Test is conducted prior to joining the programme – and tested again at the end.  Reading Wise have evidence to suggest that students should improve their performance by at least two years.

To support Maths, we will again be using the Problem-Solving Company to deliver two bespoke sessions to the 18 students whose Maths scores were the lowest on joining us from primary school.

2015-16 Funding Strategy

The Catch-Up Funding in 2015-16 was mainly used to fund the materials, training and staffing of The LIT Programme.  This is an approach to raising attainment in literacy developed by the Hackney Learning Trust.  The effectiveness has recently been assessed by the Education Endowment Foundation.  They describe the programme as:

The Literacy Intervention Toolkit (LIT) programme aims to improve the reading ability of children in Year 7 who scored below Level 4 at the end of primary school using a method known as reciprocal teaching. Reciprocal teaching methods encourage children to ‘become the teacher’. They are taught how to apply four comprehension strategies: summarising, clarifying, questioning, and predicting. These strategies enable children to check that they understand the content of the material they are reading and can make inferences based on what they have read.

The small class sizes required to deliver this programme was also replicated in a Y7 Maths class delivered by a HLTA which was part funded by Catch-Up Funding

Impact Statement 2015-16

English

Students leaving KS2 below Level 4 (national expected level)

Students on track, at the end of Year 7, to achieve Expected Progress in English

9*

20%

This disappointing outcome has led us to stop intervening in this way and adopt a different strategy for supporting literacy.

 

Maths

Students leaving KS2 below Level 4 (national expected level)

Students on track, at the end of Year 7, to achieve Expected Progress in Maths

13*

62%

*including in-year admissions




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