Waterhead Academy

Year 7 Literacy & Numeracy catch-up funding 2019-20

Year 7 Literacy & Numeracy Catch-up funding

Catch-Up Funding is allocated by the Government for each Year 7 pupil who has not achieved the expected level in reading and/or maths at Key Stage 2 before they joined Waterhead Academy.

We received an additional premium for each Year 7 pupil who did not achieve the expected level in reading and/or maths at Key Stage 2. Expected level means any student who did not achieve the secondary ready scaled score of 100.

“The money is to be used by schools to deliver additional tuition or intensive support in small groups, giving pupils valuable support to bring them up to speed so that they are more likely to succeed at secondary school. The funding will not be ring-fenced for catch-up activities but we expect that this funding is used for additional literacy and numeracy catch-up during Year 7 given that this can make a critical difference to pupils at this important stage.” (DfE Website)

In 2019-20 Waterhead Academy received £33530* for students who did not reach the expected level in Reading and or Maths at the end of KS2. In 2018-19 the figure was £33048. We targeted students who did not achieve the expected standards in English and students who did not achieve the expected standards in Maths. Of these, some students were part of the catch-up programme for both subjects.

*Source: DFE Y7 catch-up premium 2019-2020 spreadsheet

How we spent the allocation of funds during 2019-20:

  • Dedicated HLTA assigned for lower ability Bands to support reading and numeracy as well as nurture support.
  • Additional reading groups convened by SEN team to target weakest readers.
  • Additional HLTA assigned for lower ability Bands to support reading and numeracy
  • Additional reading groups during Form Tutor time
  • Additional weekly numeracy groups during Form Tutor time
  • Additional reading support with the English HLTA
  • Additional weekly numeracy support with the maths HLTA
  • Accelerated Reader program via the EAL Team
  • Homework intervention/ MyMaths/ Mathswatch/SamLearning to focus on key skills
  • Social Skills groups
  • Resilience groups
  • Lunch time drop in – Manchester United Foundation Programme
  • Attendance intervention / Attendance Officer support
  • Enrichment sessions in and out of school/ Year 7 maths club/ homework club
  • Staff professional development for supporting students

 

Due to Covid-19 and the lockdown in March 2020, it has been difficult to accurately assess the effectiveness of the strategies or to measure the progress information accurately.