Catch Up Premium
Literacy and Numeracy catch up premium 2019-20
For the academic year 2019-20 it is estimated that the school will receive £17,500 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 two main areas to support our children.
1. Individual and small group work led by our SEND team during the morning and afternoon form time sessions.
2. The provision of extra TA staff to join the smaller core groups within Mathematics and English lessons.
Where possible some class sets have been reduced to 20 students, 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 less mistakes in order to reach higher standards during the first two terms of year 7.
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.
Within our smaller class sets, 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.