The government has made a commitment to provide additional funding to schools for each Year 7 student who did not achieve the expected standard in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2.
In the academic year 2015-16, schools received an additional premium of £500 per Year 7 student who did not reach the expected standard in reading and/or maths at the end of Year 6. Last academic year, all schools received a premium in line with 2015-16, with adjustments made according to the number of students on roll in the January census.
This additional premium is used by schools to resource and devise support programmes that are specifically designed to enhance literacy and numeracy for those students who are below the expected level. These programmes help to ensure that students are able to ‘catch-up’ with the core skills of reading and/or maths and can in turn access the secondary school curriculum more successfully.
Allocation of funding 2016-17
There were 24 students eligible for Literacy and Numeracy catch-up premium for the academic year 2016-17. The total funding received, in line with 2015-16, was £12, 469.
Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up interventions 2016-17
- Whole cohort diagnostic screening and assessment (NGRT) Summer 2016 (prior to September start date)
- Diagnostic CATS testing
- TALC 2 testing
- Ruth Miskin Literacy catch up programme for all students assessed to be below the expected level in English reading
- Numeracy catch up programme for all students assessed to be below the expected level in maths
- Data-Pac materials – to devise individual programmes for students with more specific needs
- Breakfast and homework clubs
- Break time ‘Games club’
- Training of support staff in the delivery of intervention programmes
- In class support for those identified as SEND in terms of literacy and numeracy
- Appointment of co-ordinators for literacy and numeracy
- All diagnostic testing provided us with an accurate baseline for individual needs and also highlighted issues not apparent from the Key Stage 2 results
- 96% of all eligible students achieved expected or above expected progress in English on reaching the end of Year 7, 38% exceeded their targets.
- 92% of eligible students achieved expected or above expected progress in maths on reaching the end of Year 7, 63% exceeded their targets.
- 92% of all eligible students are on track to achieve the threshold attainment grades 4-5 in core subjects such as English and maths.
- All diagnostic testing is used to identify the exact needs of our student cohort. All staff receive tailored CPD in light of these needs, focusing on classroom strategies that would best support our students. This greatly enhances teacher skill and understanding and ensures that a more targeted approach to teaching and learning can take place.
- The diagnosis of needs is used to ensure that access arrangements such as additional time, scribes and readers during examinations and assessments are considered and put in place where needed. This in turn enhances chances of success with public and in school tests for those students who would struggle otherwise.
- All staff with the SEN department are now trained to complete diagnostic testing, use Data-Pac materials and deliver both the Ruth Miskin Programme and numeracy catch-up programme
Proposed Expenditure 2017-18
The government will provide funding for the Year 2017-18 cohort broadly in line with funding given last year at a sum of £12,469.
There are currently 53 students in our Year 7 cohort who did not achieve the expected standards in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2. Of these 52, 43 did not reach the expected standard in reading and 36 did not reach the expected standard in maths. 36 students achieved below the expected standard in both reading and maths.
Due to the success of the programmes already in place, the school has continued to offer the same diagnostic testing, intervention programmes, in class support and staff training as provided in 2016-17.
With an increase in the number of students who achieved below the expected standard, the school has also opted to implement the Accelerated Reader programme as of January 2018, in order to further develop literacy skills amongst our Year 7 cohort. As a targeted programme, this will provide additional benefit to those students who did not achieve the expected standard at KS2 for reading.
The continued appointment Literacy and Numeracy Co-ordinators and the implementation of a targeted literacy and numeracy programme is being designed to further enhance these core skills for our students.
- Of the 43 students who were below expected in reading at KS2, 86% are currently making expected or above expected progress in English. 21% are making above expected progress.
- Of the 36 students who were below expected in maths at KS2, 92% are currently making expected or above expected progress in maths. 31% are making above expected progress and 1 student is making exceptional progress in this subject
- 13 students are currently on the RML or Talk Fitness programme. Of these students 92% are making expected or above expected progress in English
- Of those students who are involved in the numeracy catch up programme, 80% are making expected or above expected progress. 20% are above expected already.
- 49 of the 53 eligible students are on track to achieve the threshold attainment grades 4-5 in core subjects such as English and maths. This equates to 92% of students who receive the additional funding