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Definition: Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium: The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides schools with additional funding for year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2 (DfE, 2017)1.
Entitlement: Catch-up Premium for 17-18: £15,435.
Identification: All pupils’ KS2 raw marks and scaled scores were considered, as well as baseline testing through a resit of KS2 Maths SATS and a Numeracy screening exercise. This enabled the catch up coordinator to identify 35 pupils who would potentially benefit from the numeracy programme.
The strategies employed during the last academic year included:
The Numeracy catch-up programme served pupils well in developing their resilience and confidence in their mathematical motivation and understanding. As part of the Internal assessment, monitoring of the pupils’ progress was carried out through the schools’ internal assessment system.
The impact of the programme was measured based on the Hodder Number Screening Test. Pupils were first assessed in Sept 2017 and then an interim assessment was carried out in Feb 2018 with a final assessment in July 2018. Standardised scores were considered at the outset and 80% of pupils improved their standardised score. Only 2 pupils did not have an increase in their raw mark score. A target of a 5 pt increase is standardised score was set and 63% of pupil met or exceeded this target which is a considerable improvement in outcomes from the previous years’ programme. The numeracy programme is now fully embedded within the schools’ curriculum ensuring that pupils are given the necessary mathematical foundation to develop further.
The literacy and reading catch-up programme served pupils well and enabled pupils to be independent readers, increased their speed and fluency of reading, whilst encouraging pupils to read for pleasure. This programme also enabled pupils to put literacy central to developing their core, cross-curricular skills and competencies. Regular assessment and monitoring through CAT testing, reading scores and spelling ages was carried out by the SEN department, along with the wider whole-school assessment framework to ensure pupils were on track to make progress.
Allocations will be based on results from the national curriculum assessments at Key Stage 2 and payments made to the school in March 2018.
In order to accelerate pupil progress, we will invest in the following:
References: 1 DfE, (2017): https://www.gov.uk/guidance/year-7-literacy-and-numeracy-catch-up-premium-guide-for-schools