Catch Up Funding Statement

We received £5317 funding in 2019/20 for Year 7 catch up funding. This was spent on purchasing the Accelerated Reader scheme to support English at a cost of £1912, Reading Leaders training of £995 and to partly fund (£2410) the salary of a high level teaching assistant in English.  Maths used directed time from maths teachers to provide small group intervention. Due to circumstances with lockdown, both programmes were curtailed as students moved to remote learning in March 2020.

In maths, 25 students were identified as having achieved below the national requirement of 100 in their SAT tests in September 2019. These students took part in My Maths to develop their numeracy and to allow them to master the mathematical fundamentals to enable progression throughout the KS3 curriculum. An additional group also received small group intervention for basic numeracy skills from qualified maths teachers. The impact was that, of the 25 students, 11 were judged to have caught up to the national standard prior to lockdown in March.

In English, 34 students were identified as requiring catch up on either the SPaG or Reading or both aspects at KS2. All of these students took part in the Accelerated Reader Scheme where their reading progress was closely monitored. These students also took part in the Reading Leaders scheme where they were paired with a trained 6th Form student. Additionally, some students attended weekly 30-minute intervention sessions. This intervention was delivered in small groups by a high level teaching assistant to students who shared specific targets for development. The impact was that, of the 34 students identified as requiring catch up intervention, 26 had made expected progress and had reached the expected national standard prior to lockdown in March.

We are still awaiting confirmation in March for the amount for the current year. As there were no SATs, tests as a result of Covid, the school has used CATS tests and GL Assessments in English and maths to identify students working ‘below’.

In English the funding in 2020-2021 will be spent on providing small group intervention with a Higher Level Teaching Assistant for students who have been identified as below national standard. English have identified 33 students. This will be reviewed in January

Maths will use their funding by, firstly creating smaller intervention groups in year 8 for those students who had not ‘caught up’ before lockdown. Maths have identified 45 students as working below the national standard in year 7. These students have been set into a targeted smaller group. The Hegarty Maths digital learning package will be used to provide differentiated and targeted support for these students. This will be reviewed in January 2021.