Year 7 Catch Up Funding

Year 7 Catch Up Funding 2016-17

Schools used to receive additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least a level 4 in reading and/ or maths at the end of Key Stage 2. The school received £500 pounds for each pupil that met this criteria. The changes to the Key Stage assessments now means that the school will support pupils with the funding who did not reach the required standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2) based on their standardised KS2 scores.

The objectives of this funding:

  • To close the attainment gap by providing appropriate and targeted support in literacy and numeracy to those pupils eligible for the premium.
  • To raise self-esteem and aspirations of pupils eligible for the premium.
  • To enhance existing provision.
  • To identify concerns and needs and to ensure intervention is effective for supported pupils.

 

The school received £11,500 in 2016-17. The funding was used to support the pupils in the following ways:

  • Fresh Start – intervention to focus on the fundamentals of literacy. Particular focus on phonics, reading and comprehension.
  • Nurture group – intervention to support pupils with developing social and emotional well-being.
  • Rainbows – intervention to focus on the fundamentals of numeracy through structured exercises and homework.
  • TA training- to facilitate interventions, to allow one to one work and small group work. 

 

The impact of the funding.

Fresh Start:

Fresh Start is an intervention that targets pupils that are at risk of falling behind their peers with literacy. It focusses on a systematic and rigorous process building on a good knowledge of phonics. The objective of Fresh Start is that pupils reach the expected level in literacy and are able to continue to make progress in mainstream grouping.

All pupils are screened on reading (NGRT) and spelling (Vernon). Pupils who achieve a standardised score of less than 85 complete a phonics screening test. The programme identifies starting points (Introductory, Module 1, Module 15 and Module 26). How pupils perform on the screening test determines which module they need to start on. Each module focuses on the needs of the pupils at that starting point. The programme is delivered from October, the pupils are then re-tested on Reading and Spelling which takes place in June (8 months later).

 

2015-2016 Fresh Start Impact

23 pupils were identified as needing an intervention for reading and spelling.

16 pupils started at Module 1.

7 pupils started at Module 15.

 

Start point Module 1 Module 15
Progress (Reading) Average 9.1 months (1 month above programme delivery)

7/16 pupils scored above this average

Average 21 months (13 months above programme delivery)

2/7 pupils scored above this average

Progress (Spelling) Average 14.2 months (6 months above programme delivery)

10/16 pupils scored above this average.

Average 22.2 months (14 months above programme delivery)

2/7 pupils scored above this average

 

2016-2017 Fresh Start Impact

17 pupils were identified as needing Wave 3 intervention for reading and spelling.

2 pupils started at the Introductory Level

8 pupils started at Module 1.

7 pupils started at Module 15.

 

Start point Introductory Module 1 Module 15
Progress (Reading) Average 15 months (7 months above programme delivery)

1/2 scored above this average

Average 13.3 months (5.1 months above programme delivery)

3/8 pupils scored above this average

Average 13 months (5.3 months above programme delivery)

3/7 pupils scored above this average

Progress (Spelling) Average 7.5 months (1.5 months below programme delivery)

1/2 scored above this average

Average 19.3 months (11.3 months above programme delivery)

5/8 pupils scored above this average.

Average 19.4 months (11.4 months above programme delivery)

2/7 pupils scored above this average

 

Nurture

To ensure the social emotional wellbeing of pupils, and at the guidance of appropriate professionals (Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologist), a bespoke Nurture Provision has been implemented. Pupils are identified through the Inclusion department and are invited to participate in the Nurture Programme. The pupils may have modified days to accommodate the programme. The aim of the programme is to ensure that the pupils have the confidence, resilience and emotional stability to achieve in secondary school.

 

2016-2017 Impact

12 pupils participated in the Nurture sessions.

All pupils engaged with the sessions and reported feeling more positive about school. Behaviour and attitudes displayed by all the pupils showed an improvement. Pupils were able to identify routes to adults to help them when they’re worried or concerned.

Staff are currently being trained in Boxall profiling to give a more quantifiable impact measure.

 

Numeracy

The mastery curriculum is a priority across Wreake Valley Academy; in Maths this is complemented with a bespoke ‘Rainbows’ intervention. Following an initial screening test pupils are placed on the scheme at their rainbow colour; the programme provides structure, exercises and homework that promote the acquisition of numerical skills that will promote attainment at GCSEs. This provides opportunities for individual and small group teaching. Lower ability groups experience a more favourable staff to pupil ratio by the considered allocation of Teaching Assistants (5 hours per week).

The Inclusion Department is setting the ‘up skilling’ of teaching assistants in Maths as a priority. This is to ensure that the pupils that require the most support with numeracy receive it. The impact will be evaluated at the end of 2017/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017/2018 Plan for Spending.

The School will receive £11,500 in 2017/2018. The funding will be used to support the pupils in the following way:

  • Fresh Start – intervention to focus on the fundamentals of literacy. Particular focus on phonics, reading and comprehension.
  • Nurture group – intervention to support pupils with developing social and emotional well-being.
  • Rainbows – intervention to focus on the fundamentals of numeracy through structured exercises and homework.
  • One to One tutoring focussing on literacy and numeracy. This will start after October half term 2017/18.