Catch Up Premium
The students who come to New Mills School and Sixth Form below the expected level for reading and/or mathematics follow a weekly intervention programme. They are taught by Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTA’s) on a weekly basis in form time. This support is personalised and delivered in very small groups. The progress of students is analysed by their progress in their maths and English lessons. The staff who deliver the lessons liaise closely with the English and maths staff and when the students have are securely at the expected level they no longer attend the intervention sessions. Intervention is also delivered to students in Year 8 and Year 9 where appropriate. In addition to these sessions reading groups are set up to include these students through the student development centre and all students follow the accelerated reader programme at a difficulty appropriate to their individual needs. This work is coordinated through close liaison between maths, English and the student development centre.
The outcomes from 2015-6
Of the Y7 students involved in English Catch Up last year, all improved their reading ages. They made 3.1 EXTRA months progress in their reading age on average over year 7. All are predicted to achieve (or even overachieve) the targets set for them from their KS2 scores.
Some Y8 students were involved in catch up over their first year (in 2014-15) and didn’t quite achieve the expected levels at the end of their Y7. Intervention continued with them in the early part of their year 8 and on average they made an EXTRA 6.7 months progress in their reading ages over the whole of their catch up time.
Again, all of these students are predicted to meet their targets for English at GCSE level.
The year 7 cohort in Maths was split into two small groups for intervention. All students in these groups has made progress, and all are on track to achieve at least the minimum grade expected of them in our new target setting system (which is based on Attainment 8).
Some Y8 students were involved in catch up over their first year (in 2014-15) and didn’t quite achieve the expected levels at the end of their Y7. Intervention continued with them through year 8. 60% of this cohort is now predicted to achieve at least the minimum grade expected of them in our new target setting system (which is based on Attainment 8). Their further progress ion in Maths is being supported through the creation of nurture groups in Y9.
What is the Catch Up Premium funding?
The Government allocated £500 per pupil to those pupils in the current Year 7 cohort who did not achieve the expected in reading and/or mathematics.
How can I know how much my school has been allocated?
In 2015-16, there were11 different students eligible for catch up in English, maths or both. This gave a budget of £5500
Are pupils that fail to achieve the expected level in both reading and mathematics, eligible for double funding?
No - schools are allocated a maximum of £500 for each pupil who has not achieved at least level 4 in reading and/or mathematics.
Is this funding ring-fenced for catch-up activities?
It is not ring-fenced but there is expectation that it will be directed to additional literacy and numeracy catch-up support during Year 7. We have used it to fund extra literacy lessons and extra numeracy lessons each week. The lessons have been delivered to groups no larger than 5 and have focused on the individual students skills gaps. This has been achieved by withdrawing pupils from tutorial session. The sessions have been delivered by HLTAs.
How will the impact of this intervention be measured?
Pupils reading ages are periodically assessed using STAR reading test and regular assessment is carried out through English and maths lessons. These assessments give rise to GCSE predictions which are compared to the individual students targets
Where can I find further information?