What is the Catch-up Premium?
The English and Maths Catch-up Premium was introduced in 2013. The purpose of this funding is to help schools support pupils who have not reached Age Related Expectations at the end of Year 6, with the intention of accelerating their progress so that they are achieving in line with their peers. Schools are responsible for deciding how this funding should be spent.
How was it spent at The City of Leicester College in 2016-2017 and what was the impact of the funding on student outcomes?
The Individual progress of Year 7 students placed on the interventions setup in 2016/17 (Please see the Catch-up Funding document for 2016/17 on the website for full details) was monitored rigorously by class teachers, the Literacy Co-ordinator, Form Tutors and Head of Year, on an on-going basis.
Further monitoring of performance trends was also conducted half termly by the Assistant Head Teacher responsible for KS3 outcomes, with progress and concerns reported to the Senior Leadership Team, as well as the English and Maths Hub Leaders. A Post Intervention meeting was chaired by the SENCo on a Half Termly basis, which included an agenda item assessing the impact that any intervention using the funding was having for each individual student.
Any areas for development in the learning of these students was identified quickly and appropriate actions by the relevant member(s) of staff, worked on collaboratively to give every student the best opportunity possible to catch-up. Where needed, additional intervention was introduced, arranged by the Literacy Co-ordinator, English and Maths Subject Leads, in conjunction with the SENCo, who decided on the deployment of specialist TAs where they would have the most impact.
Year 7 Catch-up Premium – Student Outcomes 2016/17
84% of literacy catch-up students have made improvements in their Fresh Start phonics test, when compared to their KS2 entry data.
76% of literacy catch-up students are now making expected or above expected progress in English (33% are above, 43% expected).
73% of numeracy catch-up students are now making expected or above expected progress in Maths (6% above, 66% expected).
76% of all catch-up students are now making expected or above expected progress in Science (33% above, 43% expected).
58% of all catch-up students are now making expected or above expected progress in all core subjects.
How is it to be spent at The City of Leicester College in 2017/2018?
The City of Leicester College has received £20,000 in funding for the 38 eligible pupils in Year 7 who have not reached the Expected Standard in Literacy and Maths at the end of KS2.
The amount given to The City of Leicester College was based on the calculations for the 2016/17 academic year, which, like the current Year 7 cohort, was also expanded to a PAN of 270 (from a previous PAN of 240 in 2015/16).
- Pupils identified as most in need of support have already been placed in two small Fresh Start groups for one hour each day, being withdrawn from subjects to focus on the basics of comprehension and understanding. The cost of running each group, in terms of HLTA teaching hours and the new Fresh Start resources required is approximately £10,000.
- The successful Reading Buddies scheme, introduced by the Literacy Co-ordinator in 2016/17, has started again, even earlier, this year. The 38 catch-up students are to be mentored by competent readers at KS4. The approximate cost of running this scheme is £3,000.
- There are 5 EAL students eligible for the funding (all of whom are new to the country) who receive two hours of MEA lessons each week that focus on the specifics of learning the English Language, and importantly, the academic language that is crucial for new learning within our English education system.
- The 4 students with the lowest reading ages (calculated from the standardised Hodder Test for reading and comprehension) also receive one-to-one reading support every day during their PM registration slot (1hr 40mins each week).
- Pupils identified as most in need of support have been placed in small intervention maths groups, being withdrawn 3 times each week to work on the basic numeracy programme, Numicon. These groups are run by a Maths HLTA throughout the whole of the school year (with adaptations to the challenge being delivered, under constant review at each assessment point), at a cost approximately £4000.
- Two additional supportive Maths sets were added into the school timetable to ensure that catch up funding pupils identified could be taught basic mathematical and problem solving skills in smaller, more focused groups. The extra staffing of these two sets cost approximately £3000.
Year 7 Catch-up Premium – High Expectations
The expectation is that every student being supported through the Catch-up Funding Premium allowance reaches age related expectations in Literacy and Maths by the end of Year 7.
It is important to note that the small number of students, now in Year 8, who did not achieve this expectation at the end of the last academic year, are still involved with the programmes outlined above, as all students made some progress towards their age-related expectations in Literacy and Maths within them.
The Fresh Start sessions were deemed to have had the most impact in terms of Literacy outcomes across all subjects. The small and carefully designed Maths curriculum in the two additional Maths sets were reviewed, with student outcomes as a whole from these groups offering evidence that the needs of the learners within these groups were being met. Both interventions have therefore been maintained for these students during the 2017/18 academic year.