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Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Funding Report 2017/2018

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 or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). All state-funded schools with Year 7 pupils receive this funding.

Murray Park School received £21,273 in Y7 Catch-Up Funding for the year 2017-2018. The Year 7 cohort had 69 students who needed to ‘Catch-Up’ in English and 64 Catch-Up students in Maths.

Year 7 Catch-Up Fund Related Activities 2017- 2018

After a review, we determined that we needed to make more provision for specific numeracy and literacy intervention. An additional teaching assistant received external training to deliver specific numeracy support and commenced this role from September 2017.

We have also determined that students participating in literacy intervention strategies needed to make progress more rapidly and therefore additional targeted small group support for comprehension started ini September 2017. Examples of some of the programmes to be used

  • Ruth Miskin phonics
  • Handwriting support
  • 1:1 reading support in registration through Lexia and Buddy Reading
  • Staffed homework club
  • Small group literacy
  • Lucid Exact
  • Dyslexia Portfolio
  • Small group numeracy support
  • Timetables Rockstars
  • Speech and language interventions
  • Additional sessions before and after-school on literacy and numeracy
  • Numeracy life skills sessions e.g. calendars, time, weight
  • Numeracy club after school for invited students
  • Library staff and a dedicated teaching assistant trained KS4 students to become buddy’s to complete Buddy reading programme.
  • Staffing to support targeted students in classroom settings
  • Student mentoring and support through the use of teaching assistants

Reading age analysis as of June 2018 indicated that a large number of students involved in intervention made progress and increased their reading age. Whilst some students made strong gains to catch up on their chronological reading age and key skills in English, others still need to be able to ‘close-gaps’ more quickly.

For this reason the school will aim to support more of these students through additional intervention strategies 2018-19. Analysis of Y7 student progress in Maths at the end of the academic year indicated that 35 students had made the progress required to catch-up and that 26 would need additional intervention in the next academic year. Ability banding will aid a further increase, with targeted lessons in Catch-up group as part of the Maths curriculum. Further work around one-to-one tutoring will be explored.

Further evaluation of the effectiveness the Y7 Catch-Up funding is formally reviewed each September.