Catch Up Funding

Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch up funding is awarded to schools for those students not reaching the national average scaled score of 100 in either reading or maths at Key Stage 2. It is provided to all state funded schools with a Year 7 cohort. Red House Academy is determined to support students to ensure that core skills are developed. This is to embed success in English and Maths, but also so that students can be successful across a diverse and rich range of subjects with a core literacy and numeracy base.

Catchup Funding Statement (Click to download)

Catch Up Funding


In 2016-2017 Red House Academy received funding of £7442 to support students in developing their literacy and numeracy skills. The breakdown below demonstrates how this money was spent.


Strategy

Cost

TA Support

A teacher was employed to specifically give focused lessons within a smaller class size. This was to ensure development of those students who have not reached the national average score. The intervention was before and after school

£8,000

In 2017 - 2018 we have identified 28 Y7 students who did not reach the expected scaled score of 100 in reading and 17 Y7 students who did not reach the expected scaled score of 100 in maths. Baseline assessments and analysis of KS2 tests will reveal the areas that students require further support with. We have also put additional testing in place to ensure identification of low literacy and numeracy:

CAT Tests

Suffolk Reading tests

Estimated Funding - £7442 2017/18

The funding is allocated to the following catch up interventions:

Strategy

Cost

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated reader promotes an intensive focus on ensuring students of all abilities are actively reading for meaning. Tracking systems are put in place to evaluate impact on a weekly basis, with priority reader focus on lessons for the reluctant and less confident readers. This will be used by two classes in Year 7 with those students who have not reached the scale score of 100 in reading.

£3,300

Tutor time support

Year 7 & 8 students who are less secure in English and Maths will receive on a weekly basis a literacy and numeracy session during Tutor time. Students will work in a small group to develop their personal reading, spelling and numeracy skills. Students will be assessed to demonstrate the impact this support has had on their individual skills. 17 students have been identified as requiring this support in relation to Maths and 28 students who require this intervention for literacy aspects.

£1,820

Lead for 7 & 8 catch up sessions

A member of staff has been allocated to lead and manage sessions in order for them to be effective and stimulating. The lead will also evaluate and monitor the impact of the sessions and work closely with parents/carers to ensure the student receives full support.

£5,500

Resources, incentives and rewards

A variety of resources will be used within the intervention sessions to engage the learners. Further resources are required for those students who the Academy wish to maintain progress and offer support such as homework and competition incentives.

£1,800

Additional Lesson in Y7 (Reading)

An additional lesson will be allocated to the time table to focus on Reading and comprehension

£15,000

Other initiatives we will develop are:

  • A launch event for parents of students involved in the literacy catch up sessions
  • Purchase of more Non-Fiction low‐level Accelerated Reading Books
  • Target the use of TAs to support 'catch‐up' students in lessons
  • Questioning - all teachers to be aware of those students in their lessons who have a scaled score of below 100.
  • Homework - booklets to encourage development of literacy and numeracy skills in the home.
  • Breakfast Club on a morning
  • CPD on planning for literacy
  • Primary links - to gather detailed information on attainment and pastoral provision
  • Focus of Primary transition teaching and learning is literacy (Examples of work provided by primary schools to set expectations)
  • All trainees and NQTs receive specific literacy training
  • Reading age data is shared with all staff to inform and improve planning
  • Pupils secondary Ready
  • Improved reading ages across all year groups
  • Literacy embedded throughout the school (checked by QA process and tracking on reading/comprehension testing)
  • Teachers planning incorporates and explicitly refers to literacy
  • Departmental marking and SPAG policies
  • Improved KS4 outcomes and milestones
  • Accuracy of Reading ages (Helps inform planning)

Expected Outcomes:

  • Pupils secondary Ready
  • Improved reading ages across all year groups
  • Literacy embedded throughout the school (checked by QA process and tracking on reading/comprehension testing)
  • Teachers planning incorporates and explicitly refers to literacy
  • Departmental marking and SPAG policies
  • Improved KS4 outcomes and milestones
  • Accuracy of Reading ages (Helps inform planning)