Catch up Funding
The Year 7 Catch-Up Premium was introduced to be used by schools to provide literacy and numeracy catch-up support for Year 7 pupils. It will enable those pupils that did not achieve level 4 in reading and/or mathematics at Key Stage 2 to be given the opportunity to catch up as quickly as possible.
Overview of use of Funding:
The Becket School uses catch-up funding to deliver booster sessions in English and Maths in Year 7. We use springboard sessions in Maths and accelerated reader alongside extra intervention sessions in English.
The school continues to support those with the weakest Literacy and numeracy skills by withdrawing them from German in Years 8 and 9 and providing 1 hour a week numeracy and literacy support.
Evaluation of impact of intervention:
We evaluate the impact through our end of unit tests in English and Maths and by revisiting reading ages in English. The aim is that all students achieve the expected level. Where they do not, the intervention continues. If they do they are removed from the programme. Those who have missed German go to extra French.
In total, 13 students joined The Becket School below level 4 in Maths, English or both in September 2015.
By the end of the academic year, this number had reduced to 1 in Maths, 2 in English.
The total funding allocated to the school in 2015-16 was £6,500. This money was allocated in the following areas:
Maths (£3,750) – ‘Springboard’ teaching to support students who arrive below expected levels.
English (£2,750) – Extra booster sessions, staffed by the school’s Literacy Co-ordinator and the English Teaching Assistant.
Maths springboard sessions
English booster sessions
NB The school provides additional numeracy and literacy support in Years 8 and 9 (1 hour / week instead of second language) for those identify as needing extra support to access the curriculum. (6 students in current Yr 8; 8 students in current Yr 9).
This year The Becket School has received an annual funding allocation of £6,388. This funding was topped up from the school’s annual budget share by an additional £3,000 due to an increase in the number of Year 7 students who arrived at the school working below expected levels in Maths, English or both in September 2016 (but actually receiving less funding).
This funding has been used to support those students who arrived below expected of ‘secondary ready.’ Students have been supported through springboard sessions provided by additional Maths staffing. In English, the support has been using the school’s literacy co-ordinator and additional English staffing to deliver booster sessions.
Identified students receive 1 hour of Maths support per week and up to 2 hours of English support, depending of their level of need. The aim of the programme is to help students to achieve ‘secure’ for year 7 in English and Maths. We will evaluate the impact on individual students at the end of the programme.
After the first 10 week block, 8 students have improved to secure in English. 9 students have improved to secure in Maths. 6 students in English are not yet secure. 8 students in Maths are not yet secure.