Catch-up Funding is allocated to schools by the government for each Year 7 pupil who doesn’t reach the expected standard in reading and maths at Key Stage 2. Up until now the additional funding has been £500 per pupil. However although the government have confirmed that the scheme will continue in 2016/2017 they haven’t confirmed how much schools will receive per pupil.
Year 7 Catch-up Premium 2015/16
In the academic year 2015/16 there were 7 pupils eligible for the catch-up premium which was £3,500. This was made up from:
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We spent this money in a variety of ways to support progress. This included:
- Training for staff on the Success@Arithmetic programme and then the implementation of the intervention. Success@Arithmetic is an evidence based intervention which is aimed at pupils who are working below expectations. It develops their understanding, fluency and confidence in written calculation.
- In class support for literacy and numeracy with extra teaching assistant time allocated to support pupils in maths and English.
- Improve teaching and learning through high quality continuous professional development for all staff with a particular focus on collaborative learning.
Impact of Spending
We have measured the progress of the pupils each half term using teacher assessments, optional SAT papers and specific tests linked to interventions.
In maths three of the four pupils made 4 APS average points score progress and the other pupil made 2 APS progress.
In English one pupil made 6 APS progress and two pupils made 4 APS progress.
Year 7 Catch-up Premium 2016/17
We have identified 25 pupils who did not meet the expected standard in maths and/or reading.
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If the government decide to continue funding schools with £500 per pupil then we will receive £12,500. However, although the Department for Education have confirmed the catch-up premium will continue to be paid in 2016/17, they are still deliberating whether it will maintain the current rate of £500 per pupil.
Whatever level of funding we receive we will use it to improve teaching and learning. Quality first teaching has the strongest impact on pupil achievement and we believe this is critical to increasing pupil progress. One to one and small group interventions will also take place using programmes that have a strong evidence base of accelerating pupil progress.