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 2017-8

The cohort that arrived below expected standard in reading showed an average of 14.25 months progress in their reading age over the year. Eight of the cohort have increased their reading age by more than the time elapsed. A further 3 students are improving their reading age in line with the chronological time passed. All students have been assessed by their English teachers as being secondary ready. Four are currently one grade below their NMS target. Accelerated reader will continue into Year 8 and our English HLTA has been timetabled to support the Year 8 lesson where there are the most students with remaining need.

In Maths 32 students arrived below the expected standard. The “not secondary ready” cohort were identified through this KS2 data and a baseline assessment which the students sat in September. Secondary readiness is judged to be able to achieve a grade 1 on a GCSE paper, as this equates to the “old” level 4. Students were identified and received small group interventions from our HLTA in Maths. On reassessment, all students who arrives below expected standard are now judged to be secondary ready. Only four students are falling below our NMS expected targets. These students will now receive wave 1 (in class) intervention from class teachers.

Work will continue with the students who have not year caught up in 2018-19

What is the Catch Up Premium funding?

The Government allocates extra funding to support those pupils in the current Year 7 cohort who did not achieve the expected in reading and/or mathematics. In 2017-18, this gave a budget of £4680. 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 then see if the students involved are making progress.

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