The Catch-Up Grant was originally introduced to offer additional support to schools for students in Year 7, who did not achieve the expected standard of 100, as a standardised score, in either English (reading) or maths. The purpose is to provide additional support to ensure that the pupils ‘catch up’ on the progress that they should have made in primary school and that they are working on a par with their peers.
Following the recent Covid 19 lockdown the Catch-Up programme was extended to offer support to all students, particularly vulnerable students to address the issues related to lost learning.
For 2020-2021 the school will receive a Catch-Up Premium of approximately £73,000, for students between Years 7-11.
Catch Up Premium for Literacy and Numeracy
The support will be used to raise students’ attainment in line with expectations and to ensure all students are able to work at age-related expectations and beyond. We have identified our catch-up students in 2020-2021 by assessing data from MIDYIS Tests and baseline assessments for English and/or maths.
Sir William Ramsay School spends the Catch Up Premium (which is additional to the underlying academy budget) in ways to best support raising the attainment of these students and aims to close the performance gap between them and their peers. This money is spent on additional staffing to enable us to provide these students with small group/individual support. Additional resources in English and mathematics were also provided to set extra work and to encourage students to do additional work at home. This intervention programme will be focusing on addressing the skills and knowledge gap identified in the subject baseline assessments and MIDYIS tests.
All students in Year 7-8 develop their reading skills using the Accelerated Reader Programme. Whilst Year 9 students will use the Whoos Reading package which supports both their reading fluency and extended writing skills.
Students in Years 8 and 9 who are still below the ‘School Ready Standard’ are offered further support in small group interventions, focussing on literacy, numeracy and reading. This intervention supports their progress in their approach to GCSEs. Whilst students in Key Stage 4 are offered small group intervention lessons during the school day, focusing on addressing the skills and knowledge gap as a result of the lockdown in the Spring and Summer Term of 2020 and lost learning.
In addition, this year’s funding from the Catch-Up Premium is being spent on devices to support the use the catch up programmes and allow students to access learning software and VLE books (online texts).
We will be using part of the Catch Up Premium for the National Tutoring Programme to offer Tuition in the form of 1:1 or small group tuition through Government approved Tutoring Providers to address student's wider curriculum.
The impact of Catch-Up premium spending on students' attainment 2018-2019
24/32 students in the literacy cohort who completed additional literacy intervention programme improved on their overall levels in English levels by the end of the academic year.
22 / 22 of students with a reading age below their chronological age participated in the Better Reading Programme and improved on their reading age.
Whilst overall for Year 7 131/189 students taking part in the Accelerated Reader Scheme improved on their reading age by the end of the academic year, with 119 students improving their reading age by over 3 months, the national average.
19/38 students on the Numeracy Programme with a KS2 score in Maths of 95 and below improved on their levels in Maths by the end of the academic year.
The impact of Catch-Up premium spending on students' attainment 2019-2020
Following Covid 19 and the subsequent lockdown of schools it was not possible to complete the planned interventions.
Overall, all the students who did not achieve the expected standard in Key Stage 2 maths and were given additional support are on track to reach their target.
In English eight students are working towards their target whilst the other sixteen are working on or above target.
Proposals for 2020-2021
In expectation of a resumption to normalcy after Covid 19 restrictions, the Catch-Up Premium will focus on supporting students in Year 7 to achieve expected standards and have the necessary skills required to access the secondary school curriculum. Students in need of additional support will be identified using Key Stage 2 data.
Students with a scaled score below 95 will be the focus of the small group work interventions for literacy and numeracy. Additional support and resources will be offered to students who scored between 95-100 in their Key Stage 2 SATs.
As a school, it is important to us that all these pupils continue to make rapid progress through Year 8 and Year 9. Even though there is no additional funding we will continue to monitor their progress during the year and will offer small group intervention work, focusing on core literacy and reading skills.
We analyse student progress and attainment against their skills base, identified in their Key Stage 2 SATs and termly, throughout the course of the academic year. In addition, we will continue to monitor the progress of pupils who were entitled to the Year 7 Catch Up premium in 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 to determine the support needed for them.