Catch Up Premium

Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up premium 2016-17

For the academic year 2016-17 the school received £17,167 funding for catch premium. The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or mathematics at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).

This year funding has been split into three main areas to support our children.  

1. The provision of a smaller class for English and Mathematics within our core curriculum known as ‘Core 4’.

2. Individual and small group work led by our SEND team during the second half of the morning worship session.

3. The provision of extra TA staff to join the smaller core groups within Mathematics and English lessons.

Core 4

Core 4 would typically have 20 students in each class set where others would normally hold between 25 -30.  Students work hard to ensure that basic literacy and numeracy skills are in place and teachers work equally as hard to foster a love of each subject and a growth in confidence within the classroom allowing students to be comfortable in taking more risks and make more mistakes in order to reach higher standards during the first two terms of year 7.

The Groups

Our skilled SEND team run weekly groups aimed at those students for whom we receive catch up premium, those with SEND, those who are diagnosed with dyslexia and those for whom English is an additional language (EAL).  Some students may fall into each of these categories and some into one or several of them.  Groups include Numeracy, Literacy, speech and language, touch typing and EAL worship.  The team also run behaviour and social skills sessions which are not seen as part of our catch up premium funding.  The groups take the form of 30 minute sessions with a lead practitioner and typically hold between 5 and 10 students. 

TA support

Within our core 4, 3 and 2 groups, those for whom the school receives catch up premium are supported within English and Mathematics lessons by a teaching assistant within each class.  Staff are expected to deliver ‘quality first’ teaching and differentiate for those most able and those for whom work is challenging; the English team in particular have had a focus within our school improvement plan this year to concentrate hard on handwriting.

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