The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding from the Department of Education to support our Year 7 pupils who did not achieve at end of KS2 expected standard in reading and/or mathematics.
The allocation of this funding is calculated by the size of the intake and the proportion of this that did not reach Age Related Expectations (ARE). The amount received by Ridgeway School in 2017-18 was £19085.
We assess the individual needs of each of the students who attract the Year 7 catch-up premium to decide the best way to use the funding. We carefully monitor the progress of all of our students and design a range of programmes and approaches that we know are effective.
In September there were 54 students in the current cohort that had not reached ARE in English or Maths (or both).
Accelerated Reading and Lexia literacy support programme has resulted in an average net improvement in Reading Age of +
An analysis of the internal data generated for cycles reports from Assessment weeks and teacher feedback show;
In English (September: 14.8% did not meet ARE in their SATs) Cycle 3 100% are meeting or exceeding their FFT5 target
In Maths (September: 16.1% did not meet ARE in their SATs) Cycle 3 42.8% are working 1 or 2 grades below FFT5 target; 57.2% are working on or above FFT5 target
In addition to the Catch up funded programme, those students not currently meeting their target grades receive support through:
The allocation for the current academic year (2018-19) is £19149. The planned spend for this year’s allocation is outlined in the table below:
|Accelerated Reader Subscription||Reading development programme with regular testing to build confidence and understanding of texts||£8500|
|Lexia Comprehension software licences||Software programme to develop phonetic development, comprehension and spelling||£2500|
|Literacy Leaders Programme||Training and resourcing for KS4 peer reading leaders to deliver programme of intervention during mentoring across the year – with targeted intervention in Year 7||£300|
|Small group catch up support for Literacy and Numeracy||Targeted intervention with small groups to develop confidence and competence in meeting and accelerating KS2 expectations for reading and maths||£3500|
|Reading Enrichment||Activities (eg Novel Night, Harry Potter Event, visiting authors, Swindon Lit Fest etc) and prizes to support engagement in reading||£2200|
|Additional/Replacement books in the Learning Resource Centre||Supplementary books, targeting the Level 3 readers on the Accelerated Reader programme to enhance the range of material for less confident readers||£800|
|Summer School||Targeted intervention for all students below ARE prior to joining in September, to support transition and develop core skills and confidence||£1200|