Year 7 Catch Up Programme

Fulford School is committed to raising the achievement of all students and therefore provides extra support for year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2).

Catchup Premium Funding 

In 2017‐18 the government provided additional funding for students who did not achieve the age expected standard in reading and/or mathematics at Key Stage 2. Having been redesigned in 2016‐17, the Year 7 Catch‐Up programmes for both Literacy and Numeracy are coordinated and delivered by two HLTAs. The programme consists of small group sessions that targeted key processes and techniques. In addition to this targeted support a number of other interventions arre provided for identified students.

2017‐18 Funding and Provision

In 2017‐18 the school received funding of £13478.  The main spending is as follows:

Literacy/Numeracy small group teaching by HLTAs teachers 7500 Funding for HLTA staffing of literacy & numeracy catch‐up sessions (further details below).
Peer support (paired reading) 2000 The paired reading scheme is run primarily by Teaching Assistants in form time with additional support from HLTAs.    Additionally Year 10 and Year 12 students were paired with KS3 students, acting as mentors helping to improve students’ confidence with reading.
Literacy/Numeracy leaders (support from Post 16 students) 1000 Sixth form mentors helped young readers in form time to improve their literacy.
Resources 500 In addition to basic resources, a range of resources such as Fresh Start, Acceleread, Accelewrite, PiXL Code have all been purchased to aid the support of our numeracy and literacy sessions.
One to one tuition for fresh Start by Teaching Assistants 1500 Fresh Start sessions allowed a teaching assistant to work with a small group.
Form time numeracy support by Teaching Assistants 1000 Teaching Assistants supported small groups following the AcceleRead/AcceleWrite programme, giving students support with phonic‐based spelling strategies. Teaching Assistants led handwriting sessions with identified students.   Support with the recall of basic number facts with identified students.
TOTAL £13500  

Provision

Key Stages 2 results, CATs scores and internal assessments were used to identify a total of 40 students to be involved in the Catchup sessions.

The Catchup Numeracy sessions involved 9 students (1 of whom was also eligible for Pupil Premium Funding) and ran for 7 months. Seven of the students had three 1 hour long sessions per fortnight and whilst the remaining two students had two 1 hour sessions per fortnight.

The Catchup Literacy (Reading) sessions involved 16 students (1 of whom was also eligible for Pupil Premium Funding). These students had two 1 hour sessions per fortnight run on a rolling rota. The sessions started in November 2017 and ran until February 2018 and focused on developing reading, writing and comprehension skills to support students’ literacy across the curriculum.

The Catchup Literacy (Writing) sessions involved 15 students (3 of whom were also eligible for Pupil Premium Funding). These students had six 1 hour sessions between March and June 2018. Students met in small group sessions, working on developing punctuation, vocabulary and structure. In addition to this, a further four students received 3 one hour Literacy support sessions for the whole of the year in place of attending French lessons. These sessions combined the reading and writing programmes detailed above in a more extensive manner.

Impact

At the start of the Catchup sessions, students were given a test to assess their comprehension/number age with the same test being used at the end of the programme to measure impact. Whilst the Catchup  Programmes covered a wide range of skills and techniques it was decided that this measure would be used in order to allow the impact of the provision to be measured.

Numeracy Average Improvement in Number Age: 10.9 Months

Improvement in Number Age (months) Number of students
0‐5 2
6‐11 4
12‐17 1
18‐24 1
25‐29 1

Literacy Average Improvement in Comprehension Age: 22.8 Months

Improvement in Reading Age (Months) No of students
0‐5 0
6‐11 1
12‐17 4
18‐24 5
25‐30 4
31‐36 1
36‐41 0
42‐48 1

Provision for 2018‐19

Given the highly successful impact of the programme in 2017‐18, a similar programme will run in 2018‐19 with a range of appropriate and targeted strategies being used through the year. The expectation is that in 2018‐2019 the school will receive funding of approximately £13000. The planned main spending is as follows:

Literacy/Numeracy small group teaching by HLTAs teachers 8000 Literacy & Numeracy catch‐up sessions from October to July run in a similar way to in 2017‐18
Peer support (paired reading) 2000 The paired reading scheme is run primarily by Teaching Assistants in form time with additional support from HLTAs. Year 10 and Year 12 students are paired with KS3 students, acting as mentors helping to improve students’ confidence with reading.
Literacy/Numeracy leaders (support from Post 16 students) 1000 Sixth form mentors help young readers in form time to improve their literacy.
Resources 1000 A range of resources will be purchased to support the various range of catchup programmes.
Form time support by Teaching Assistants 1000 Form time support sessions will continue to support identified students with a range of appropriate interventions which will include AcceleRead/AcceleWrite, handwriting programmes and recall of basic number facts
TOTAL £13000  

Click here to download the Year 7 Catchup Premium Information 2017-18 and 2018-19 Plans as a .pdf