Year 7 Catch-up Premium

Principle of the funding

The Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium gives state-funded schools additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2).

The ‘expected standard’ is derived from the scaled scores achieved by pupils in their Year 6 National Curriculum tests (SATs) in mathematics, English reading and English grammar, punctuation and spelling.  Each pupil’s scaled score is based on their raw score, which is the total number of marks they scored in their tests, based on the number of questions they answered correctly.

The raw scores pupils achieve in the tests are then converted into scaled scores to ensure that accurate comparisons of performance over time can be made.

A scaled score of 100 will always represent the ‘expected standard’ on the test. Pupils scoring at least 100 will have met the expected standard on the test.  The Catch-Up Premium is provided to secondary schools to support them in ensuring that every pupil in Year 7 who did not meet the ‘expected standard’ in mathematics or English can be given additional support.

Allocated funding

In 2017-18, Kettlethorpe High School received £24,594 in Catch-Up Premium funding.

This amount is allocated on the basis that schools received the same overall amount of Year 7 catch-up as they received in 2016-17 but adjusted to reflect the change in size of the Year 7 cohort between the October censuses.

The school receives its 2018-19 allocation on 1st March 2019.  We anticipate that this figure will be around £23,937.

Full Year 7 Catch-up Premium spending plan for this and last academic year can be downloaded here.

Identifying and supporting Catch-up Premium pupils

Kettlethorpe High School uses the detailed breakdown provided in ASP (Analyse School Performance) service to identify the specific pupils and/or micro-populations in which our new Year 7 pupils did not reach the expected standard.  We then use the analysis of this information to tailor our provision for these pupils to meet their needs and accelerate their progress in mathematics, reading, grammar, punctuation and spelling.

At Kettlethorpe High School we closely monitor all pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills and intervene on an individual basis to ensure all pupils make maximum progress in literacy and numeracy.

For pupils achieving below 100 on entry, this intervention involves extra paired reading lessons and/or allocation of a Lexia Tutor group for a maximum of 12 weeks, where they will be taught either one to one or in a small group situation. Every individual pupil’s needs are taken into account and every effort is made to support our pupils to ‘catch up’ both in and out of lesson time.

Our non-SEND pupils follow a programme of intervention delivered by our HLTAs in both mathematics and English. SEND pupils follow the same programme with specialist intervention assistance co-ordinated by our SENCO to ensure each pupils’ needs are catered for individually.  Individual progress is monitored throughout the year at regular intervals and each pupil’s programme is reviewed to reflect this.

Intervention is provided in many ways to help pupils to ‘catch up’:

  • Pupils have withdrawal English and/or mathematics lessons.
  • Paired reading with volunteers helps to develop confidence and fluency.
  • Accelerated Reader and Hegarty Maths have a large impact on individual progress. These can be accessed by all Year 7 and can be used at home.
  • A dedicated parents’ briefing is provided to inform parents of the catch up/Lexia intervention programme provided.
  • Packs with teaching materials are provided to enable parents to work with their child.
  • Information on progress is provided to parents/carers via phone call and letter.
  • Read Write Inc. intervention provides bespoke phonics teaching.
  • Specialist software has been purchased to screen pupils and accurately provide progress data.