The Year 7 catch-up premium is a fund to support pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading and/or numeracy at the end of Key Stage 2.

In 2018-19 35% of students were below the standard score of 100 for reading (compared to 25% nationally) and 37% were below standard score of 100 for mathematics (compared to 24% nationally)

Werneth School received £22,043 in catch-up premium in 2018-19. This additional grant was used int eh following way:

  • For small intervention groups to narrow the gap by providing intensive literacy and numeracy support and raise the attainment of those students entitled to catch up premium.
  • These interventions were led by specialist teaching staff or HLTAs.
  • To identify concerns and target intervention and support to accelerate progress.
  • To create 2 additional ‘transition’ classes to allow for additional support.

Year 7 Catch-up literacy intervention programme

Intervention

Strategy

Impact

Small focused group intervention for English A literacy programme delivered by HTLA and Assistant SENCO through withdrawal from lessons. Focus on reading comprehension and reading fluency.

Student voice - overwhelming consensus that students more confident tackling reading aloud and approaching more challenging texts.

65% of students showed an improvement of one grade based on teacher assessment in comparison to September.

20% of students showed an improvement of two grades based on teacher assessment in comparison to September.

Increased reading age and engagement – to support progress in English and across all subjects Lexia programme Address gaps in fundamental literacy skills while helping students build the higher-order skills they need to comprehend, analyse, evaluate, and compare increasingly complex literary and informational texts.

Focused intervention to gain maximum impact.

66.7% students

Lexia

Provide help and support to those pupils identified as having low literacy levels

Address gaps in fundamental literacy skills while helping students build the higher-order skills they need to comprehend, analyse, evaluate, and compare increasingly complex literary and informational texts.

A zone in Lexia denotes a key stage. 21% of students who have worked on the programme in Year 7 have moved zones (from KS1 to KS2) in Reading Comprehension or Word level.

81% of students have made progress within a zone in Lexia.

Small focused group intervention for maths

An intensive maths programme, with a focus on numeracy, delivered by a qualified maths teacher and/or a HLTA through withdrawal from lessons.  PiXL assessments and KS2 data are used to identify weak areas for targeted intervention.

Focused intervention to gain maximum impact. Personalised learning approach to support individual’s needs.

Develop rapid recall of facts eg number bonds, times tables, arithmetic methods.

Develop problem solving skills using key facts in real life contexts

Addition and Subtraction:

67% of pupils have improved on their test score.

78.3% of pupils are fluent and are considered to be ‘caught up’ with the whole cohort.

Number and Place Value:

87.5% of pupils have improved on their test score.

81.25% of pupils are fluent and are considered to be ‘caught up’ with the whole cohort.

Multiplication:

85% of pupils have improved on their test score.

17% of pupils are fluent. This module has not been repeated for all students yet following some additional interventions.

Problem solving was embedded into each unit of work.

Pupil voice showed an increase in confidence and enjoyment of the subject for most students