The Catch-Up grant was introduced to offer additional support to schools for pupils in Year 7 who did not achieve the expected standard (i.e. a standardised score of less than 100) in either English (reading) or maths. The purpose is to provide additional support to ensure that the pupils “catch up” on the progress that they should have made in primary school, and that they are working on a par with their peers.
For 2019-20 the school will receive a Catch-Up Premium of approximately £18,500, (based on last year’s figures and students currently receive £935 per year, on average.
Catch Up Premium for Literacy and Numeracy
The support will be used to raise students’ attainment in line with expectations to ensure all students are able to work at age-related expectations (and beyond). We have identified our catch-up students in 2019-20 to have KS2 scores in English and/or maths of 95 and below.
Sir William Ramsay School spends the Catch-Up Premium (which is additional to the underlying academy budget) to best support raising the attainment of these pupils and close the performance gap between them and their peers. This money was spent on additional staffing so that pupils could be provided with small group / individual support. Additional resources in English and Mathematics were also provided to set extra work and to encourage students to do additional work at home. This intervention programme will be focusing on addressing the skills and knowledge gap identified in the Key Stage 2 SATs.
All students develop their reading skills using the Accelerated Reader Programme. Students who are identified as having a lower chronological reading age are enrolled onto the Better Reading Scheme where they spend a term following an intensive reading programme, with one to one support with reading mentors and student reading ambassadors.
Students in Years 8 and 9 who are still below the ‘School Ready Standard’ are offered further support in small group interventions, focussing on literacy, numeracy, and reading. This intervention supports their progress in their approach to GCSEs.
The impact of Catch Up premium spending on students' attainment 2018-2019
24/32 students in the literacy cohort who completed additional literacy intervention programme improved on their overall levels in English levels by the end of the academic year.
22 / 22 of students with a reading age below their chronological age participated in the Better Reading Programme and improved on their reading age.
Whilst overall for Year 7 131/189 students taking part in the Accelerated Reader Scheme improved on their reading age by the end of the academic year, with 119 students improving their reading age by over 3 months, the national average.
19/38 students on the Numeracy Programme with a KS2 score in Maths of 95 and below improved on their levels in Maths by the end of the academic year.
Proposals for 2019 – 2020
A total of 64 pupils have not met the expected standard in Maths, while 42 students have not achieved the expected standard in English.
In Numeracy students with a scaled score below 95 will be the focus of the small group work interventions. For literacy, we will be offering support in the form of small group interventions for all students who achieved a scaled score below 98.
Additional support and resources will be offered to students who scored between 95-100 in their Key Stage 2 SATs.
As a school, it is important to us that all these pupils continue to make rapid progress through Year 8 and Year 9. Even though there is no additional funding we will continue to monitor their progress during the year and will offer small group intervention work, focusing on core literacy and reading skills.
We analyse student progress and attainment against their skills base, identified in their Key Stage 2 SATs and termly, throughout the course of the academic year. In addition, we will continue to monitor the progress of pupils who were entitled to the Year 7 Catch Up premium in 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 to determine the support needed for them.