The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 (now “expected standard”)in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).
In the Academic Year 2015-16, we received £15,500
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).
In 2015/16 we used this funding for the following:
To employ a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) to offer 20 hours per week of intensive small group (3/4 pupils) tuition on reading and inference skills. Our HLTA also ran a morning reading group before school and homework support group after school. Our HLTA worked with 28 pupils who entered the Academy at level 3 or below for reading in September 2015. Of this group of pupils, ALL made progress towards achieving a level 4. 75% of pupils achieved a level 4b or above and 11% achieved a level 5 by the end of the year.
In 2016/17 we plan to use the funding (we will be notified of the amount in November 2016) in the following ways:
• We will continue to offer intensive small group tuition for a proportion of the 63 pupils in year 7 who have been identified as not yet at standard for reading in the 2016 KS2 tests. We will offer a similar program of 20 hours per week and will work with those pupils who are most needy as a priority.
• In addition we will be running a maths (numeracy) catch up for a proportion of the 58 pupils in year 7 identified as not yet having met the standard for mathematics (2016 KS2 tests) on three mornings each week (in tutor time) with a qualified maths teaching assistant. This will take the form of intensive small group tuition.
Our rationale for the above is that research shows pupils respond well to individual tuition or intensive small group tuition from a teaching assistant with expertise in the subject area. These activities are also recommended on the DFE website.
• Additionally pupils who are weak in reading and numeracy join a “foundation” learning group (Project Time) for 7 hours each week and follow a course designed to develop numeracy and literacy skills within the context of extended projects. These groups are supported by an SEN trained teacher and also by additional teaching assistant support in the classroom. (This is not counted in our funding calculation and is something we offer as a school)