Catch Up Funding Statement
We received £4932 funding in 2018/19 for Year 7 catch up funding. This was spent on purchasing the Accelerated Reader scheme to support English at a cost of £2124, Reading Leaders training of £995 and to partly fund (£1653.50) the salary of a high level teaching assistant in English. Maths used £159.50 to run the ‘Rock Stars’ scheme and used spare directed time from maths teachers to provide small group intervention.
In maths, 37 students were identified as having achieved below the national requirement of 100 in their SAT tests. These students took part in the Rock Stars Scheme to develop their numeracy and allow them to master the mathematical fundamentals to be able to progress throughout the KS3 curriculum. An additional group also received small group intervention for basic numeracy skills from qualified maths teachers and ITT students. The impact was that, of the 37 students, 31 had judged to have caught up to the national standard, including 100% of the disadvantaged students.
In English, 36 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, 19 students attended weekly 30-minute intervention sessions for either one or two terms. This intervention was delivered in small groups to students who shared specific targets for development. The impact was that, of the 36 students identified as requiring catch up intervention, 35 had made expected progress and had reached the expected national standard by the end of Year 7. This included 100% of disadvantaged students.
We are still awaiting confirmation in March for the amount for the current year. In English the funding will be spent as 2018-19 on the Accelerated Reader Scheme, training Reading Leaders and for small group intervention. Maths will use their funding on Rock Stars Scheme to improve numeracy and small group intervention for identified students.