Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium

November 3rd, 2016

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium Report for 2015-16

19372_332-lowresThe Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium was allocated to schools to support all Year 7 pupils who did not achieve a Level 4 in either English (reading) and/or maths SATs at the end of Year 6. In 2015-16 the indicative grant for Harrow Way School is £12,000. From 2016-17 onwards, 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 and/or maths at the end of key stage 2. The expected standard is now defined as a scaled score of 100 or above in these tests (prior to this it was Level 4 or above).

Year Funding Allocated
2012-13 £13,000
2013-14 £14,000
2014-15 £12,000
2015-16 £12,000

This grant has existed for five years and Harrow Way School has used this grant in a number of ways including:

  • Employment of TAs’s to supervise paired reading project led by Year 10/11 students who support Y7 low readers
  • Part funding of a teacher’s salary to teach 7×4, a transition group of vulnerable students who are also below average on entry. They are taught in the same group for half the week – literacy/numeracy/humanities
  • Transition project based around Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Warhorse’
  • Reading intervention paired reading programme (Numeracy and Literacy catch up in tutor time)
  • Literacy mats and dictionaries for all classrooms
  • Whole school inset on areas such as questioning, metacognition and preparing for longer written responses in exams
  • Year 7 Parent event for catch up students to look at how they can support at home with English and Maths
  • Continuation of the Year 7 Parent event for catch up students to look at how they can support at home with English and Maths
  • Reading and numeracy intervention (staffing/resources)
  • Curriculum spending to improve reading and numeracy (resources/training)

The impact of this intervention has been closely monitored throughout the year:

  • Students in this target group are reviewed regularly by the class teacher (7X3/7X4 and the Year 7 Catch-up Premium intervention group
  • This information is collated in Termly Progress reviews updated and sent home termly

As a result of these interventions and continued excellent teaching and learning, the progress of these students has improved considerably over the course of Years 7 and 8.

Key research findings into literacy interventions include the following:

  • Having ‘no intervention’ does not enable pupils with literacy difficulties to catch up (Brooks, 2002, 2007)
  • Many effective literacy intervention programmes have co-operative learning at their core (Slavin and Lake, 2008)
  • The key elements of effective teaching approaches for low attainers in literacy include: early intervention, one to one and/or small group support and personalisation (Brooks, 2002)
  • There are fewer interventions to help pupils struggling with reading in secondary education in comparison to a wide range of interventions designed to help primary pupils (Brooks 2002, 2007). However, some interventions that are primarily intended for use in primary schools could be used at any time between the ages of 6 and 14

The following table shows the number of students who were below Level 4 when they joined Harrow Way and the number of students who remained below Level 4 at the end of the years shown:

Year 7 in 2012-13 Start of Year 7 End of Year 7
Below Level 4 – English 12 1
Below Level 4 – maths 16 3
Year 7 in 2013-14 Start of Year 7 End of Year 7
Below Level 4 – English 15 3
Below Level 4 – maths 16 4
Year 7 in 2014-15 Start of Year 7 End of Year 7
Below Level 4 – English 10 1
Below Level 4 – maths 23 3
Year 7 in 2015-16 Start of Year 7 End of Year 7
Below Level 4 – English 11 5
Below Level 4 – maths 20 4

Reporting

  • It is the Headteacher’s responsibility to produce termly reports to Governors (S&C), highlighting progress and impact
  • The success of this intervention is reported termly to the parents of the students receiving support in terms of a termly report and to all parents through this annual report.

Parental Contact
Any parental queries regarding the Year 7 Catch-up Premium should be directed to Mr Fluellen Assistant Headteacher.

Changes for 2016-17
From September 2016, the Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium is to support all Year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading and/or maths by the end of Year 6. The expected standard is defined as a scaled score below 100 in these assessments.

At the end of Key Stage 2, only 53% of children met the expected standard nationally. Funding is anticipated to be at the same level as in 2015-16 (approximately £12,000) despite the significantly larger cohort of students. However, we plan to maintain and further refine our targeted intervention, as follows:

Targeted one-to-one and small group withdrawal tuition and support in English, Literacy and maths.

Use of Key Stage 2 Question Level Analysis and GL Assessments to target key strands where students have under-achieved.

English – Arrow (literacy intervention), Lexia (developing skills that support literacy), Nessy (spelling and reading), Speed Up (Handwriting), Wordshark

Maths – Numbershark, Numeracy Ninjas, Timetables

General – SEAL (Emotional literacy), ELSA (social skills)

Year 7 in 2016-17 Start of Year 7
Below expected standard – reading 56
Below expected standard – maths 55

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