Catch Up Premium
Catch up funding is used at NMS to support students who have begun Year 7 with lower than expected scores in English and/or Maths. In addition, students who need additional support in Y8/ 9 as they have not yet met the expected level are included.
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 2016-7
The inference training in English is having a positive effect. Snapshot data for all three cohorts show that only 6% (one child) is currently predicted not to meet their expected grade or their aspirational grade suggesting that the overwhelming majority of the group are making progress. The reading ages gleaned from the STAR reader test show 71% of the cohort involved have improved their reading age scores from the initial test taken in September.
The results for the students accessing both the Sound Discovery and extra reading sessions are overwhelmingly positive. Given the distance between some of the actual and reading ages of some of the students, any positive gains are significant. On average, students in Sound Discovery and in the reading group have gained 2 ½ months in terms of their reading age.
The maths interventions show a positive effect. Of the 45 students who began Year 7 below the expected level in maths there are now only 11 judged to still be at this level. This means over 75% of the students in the catch up groups have indeed caught up.
Work will continue with the students who have not year caught up in 2017-18
What is the Catch Up Premium funding?
The Government allocated extra funding to those pupils in the current Year 7 cohort who did not achieve the expected in reading and/or mathematics. In 2016-17, this gave a budget of £7020. This funding 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. 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 student’s targets. We can ten see if the students involved are making progress.
Further information can be found here