Catch-up premium

Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium

KS3 Catch Up Work 2015-2016

This year we have 11 eligible students for the funding premium.  The funding received this year was £5500.

Interventions

Actions underway and planned:

  • All students who were Level 3 in Maths (or teacher assessed Level 3 who then gained a Level 4.2) were placed on the same side of the year with the 2nd in Maths who is primary trained and a specialist in this area. The maths set with the
    lowest attainers is only 12 students and is split so some complete success@arithetic within their normal lesson times with a Teaching Assistant to support. The others in the groups can follow bespoke numeracy work to support their improvement.
  • Smaller English Groups of 15 and 14 with TA (Teaching Assistant) support. The same teacher teaches both these groups to ensure quality of delivery and improve outcomes.
  • All students were assessed for reading and spelling ages to enable staff to better target support for them in lessons other than English and Maths, as well as establishing a baseline to assess impact.
  • Use of Tutor Time (3x per week)  for intervention  using acceleread/accelerwrite (AR/AW) taking place 1-1 with TAs (20 x 20 minute sessions)
  • Use of TAs in paired reading activities
  • These 2 above tasks rotate on termly basis to allow students to access both programmes
  • English Intervention Master classes which covers all Year 7 as well as KS3
  • Maths – Power of 2 use with targeted students £20 per booklet x4 + time
  • Literacy nights to again run with with AG&T students supporting  some of the weaker students with their literacy.

KS3 Catch Up Work 2014-2015

This year with the 14 eligible students base-lining was done on the 3rd day of term and intervention began on the 4th day. This allowed all 20 sessions and the re-testing to be completed by the end of term 1, something which did not happen last year.  The funding received this year was £6500.

Interventions

Various things have taken place this year including:

  • Smaller English Groups of 16 and 22 with TA support (All Year), this year the groups carousel around the teachers enabling staff with strengths in particular assessment foci to elicit better progress.
  • Use of Tutor Time (3x per week)  for intervention  using acceleread/accelerwrite (AR/AW) taking place 1-1 with TAs (20 x 20 minute sessions)
  • Use of peers in paired reading activities, overseen by TA/SENCO/HOF English during tutor time activities (6 week programme then evaluate cycle)
  • English Intervention Master classes which covers all Year 7 as well as KS3
  • Maths – Power of 2 use with targeted students £20 per booklet x4 + time
  • Success in Maths programme
  • Harry Potter literacy night with AG&T students supporting  some of the weaker students with their literacy
  • One student has had Humanities removed from his timetable to spend 6 further hours per fortnight 1-1 with the SENCO or a TA on literacy skills.

Results from Interventions

The major intervention is again the AR/AW programme and baseline levels from Vernon Graded Word spelling test and NFER Nelson reading tests were taken by the SENCO and re-taken post intervention.

Initial results showed a greater impact than last year. The 6 week intervention produced improvements in Spelling age – improved by an average of just over 6 months – and reading age by an average of over 7 months. This includes one student whose reading age appeared go backwards by 6 months, this is being looked into by the SENCO. The most successful student improved by 27 months in reading age – from 7 years 6 months to 9 years 9 months.

Lesson Progress

At the beginning of Year 7 ten students had reading levels of 3.8 or below and attracted funding from the Premium, a further 7 were Level 4.2.

  • Of those 17 students mentioned above 13* (see below) are making expected progress.
  • Only 1 student is still below Level 4 (this student was Level 1 on entry).
  • A further 5 are on Level 4.2 but all 5 are making expected progress with 3 making more than expected.

This is generally good progress, in this cohort 66.7% are making expected progress, at GCSE a cohort with this ability would be forecast 58% expected progress.

KS3 Catch Up Work 2013-2014

17 Students were eligible for the catch up funding which is given to students whose attainment in the KS2 tests is below Level 4 for reading and/or maths. This generated an income of £8500.

Interventions

Various things were put into place last year including:

  • Smaller English Groups of 14 and 18 with TA support (All Year)
  • Wed 18th Sept – Teaching Assistant Training from external provider on intervention methods – £550 + Costs looking at 4 methods for intervening with underachieving pupils.
  • Use of Tutor Time (3x per week)  for intervention  using acceleread/accelerwrite (AR/AW) taking place 1-1 with TAs (20 x 20 minute sessions)
  • Training in using AR/AW
  • Use of peers in paired reading activities, overseen by TA/SENCO/HOF English during tutor time activities (6 week programme then evaluate cycle)
  • Maths – Power of 2 use with targeted students £20 per booklet x4 + time

Baselined interventions

Due to the need for TAs to be trained in intervention methods, the Power of 2 and AR/AW the programme of direct 1-1 and 2-1 intervention did not begin until Term 2. Peer reading did begin straight away.

The major intervention was the AR/AW programme and baseline levels from SPAR spelling and reading tests were taken by the SENCO and re-taken post intervention.

Results were mixed with about half of the students showing good progress and half not moving forward. Following this we repeated the programme with a smaller group of students who had not originally done it – the programme should not be done twice in the same year. This produced better results, with all 5 students improving; spelling age increased by an average of 8 months and reading by 5 months. This was over a 7 week period of three 20 minute sessions a week.

Lesson Progress

Progress wise in lessons those students subject to the funding made on average 0.87 levels of progress in English compared to 0.64 levels for the rest of the cohort. In maths those figures were poorer with an average of only 0.11 levels of progress compared to 0.64 of the cohort – however this was skewed significantly by 2 students going backwards, one from a KS2 level of 3.8 to an assessed level of 2.2.

Overall of the 12 below level 4 readers only 4 are still level 3 in English – and all of those attained level 3.8 in term 6.