The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives state-funded schools, including special schools and alternative provision settings, additional funding to support year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). The expectated standard in this area is considered to be '100' in the respective National Curriculum Tests.
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 providing specific interventions and support in classrooms. Impact of the chosen intervention programmes is measured from begninng to end and reported to parents and families.
Impact Statement 2016-17
For 2016/17, we invested in the highly regarded ReadingWise software and training. This is an intensive programme of interactive literacy support delivered with the support of our HLTA (Literacy) for 14 consecutive weeks. This programme was delivered to groups of 6 including all the identified students. A 'reading age test' is conducted prior to joining the programme – and tested again at the end. ReadingWise has evidence to suggest that students could improve their performance by at least two years.