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 and 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.
This money 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 2015-16
There were 24 students eligible for Literacy and Numeracy catch-up premium for the academic year 2015-16. The total funding received at a rate of £500 per student was therefore £12,000.
Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up interventions 2015-16
- Whole cohort diagnostic screening and assessment (NGRT) Summer 2015 (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
- All diagnostic testing provided us with an accurate baseline for individual needs and also highlighted issues not apparent from the Key Stage 2 results
- Of the 24 eligible students nine took part in the Ruth Miskin Programme. All of these students made some progress in their reading, with seven making between 1 year and 2 years and 6 months progress in their reading ages as a result of the intervention in place.
- 85% of all eligible students achieved expected or above expected progress in English on reaching the end of Year 7, 30% exceeded their targets.
- 90% of eligible students achieved expected or above expected progress in maths on reaching the end of Year 7, 30% exceeded their targets.
- All diagnostic testing is used to identify the exact needs of our student cohort. All staff received tailored CPD in light of these needs, focusing on classroom strategies that would best support our students. This greatly enhanced teacher skill and understanding and ensured that a more targeted approach to teaching and learning could 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 2016-17
The government has provided funding for the Year 2016-17 broadly in line with funding given last year at a sum of £12,469.
There are currently 65 students in our current Year 7 cohort who did not achieve the expected standards in reading and maths at the end of Key Stage 2.
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 2015-16.
The appointment of Literacy and Numeracy Co-ordinators in September 2016 and the implementation of a targeted literacy and numeracy programme has been designed to further enhance these core skills for our students.