Catch-Up Premium

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 students who arrived at Campion with a level significantly lower than the national average in English and/or Maths.

We aim to:

  • Ensure students are supported by trained and confident staff;
  • Provide the best teaching and learning resources we can, to support numeracy and literacy
  • Ensure students feel well supported when they move into Year 7 at Campion.
  • The aim was to support these students in a variety of ways in order to improve their levels by the end of the academic year. This was successfully achieved through an intervention programme which included small group teaching and support along with 1:1 sessions by dedicated members of staff in each faculty.   In addition, increased Literacy and Numeracy curriculum time for students in the Developing Pathway.

The impact of these interventions was tracked and evaluated across the year by the Assistant Head teacher with KS3 Coordinators of Maths and English to discuss progress and impact.

The £12,860 funding was received via the local authority in March 2019 for the academic year 2018-2019.

Impact in English

In September 2018, thirteen students started the year below the national average in English. Through the intervention programme 9 of the students finished the year levels on or above their target grade and three finished the year at their target grades.  Our programme of support included:

  • Deployment of our Literacy Co-ordinator to meet these year 7 students daily in tutor time to provide 1:1 literacy intervention sessions
  • Additional English lessons as well as cross curricular literacy lessons.
  • The Comprehension Reading Lab (SRA programme) to improve reading skills. This was followed by the Ruth Miskin project which was done in collaboration with other local schools.

Impact in Maths

In September 2018, thirteen students were identified for intervention as they had below average Key Stage two scores for Maths.  Of these one surpassed their end of year target, with another 9 students meeting their target.  Our programme of support included:

  • Maths teachers working with small groups once a week in tutor time and 1:1 intervention for students working significantly below average.
  • Stage appropriate resources that enhance skills and promote problem solving, a package purchased from ‘School Improvement Solutions’.

Looking forward:  Plans include:

  • The extra lessons will continue for those students who arrive at Campion with levels significantly below the national average. In English this means that any student scoring below 94 will be considered to be within the catch-up parameters.
  • The Maths department will also continue their catch up programme by providing intervention to pupils who have been identified as requiring additional support based on early assessments. Initially extra support is offered to those achieving less than 95 at Key Stage2. Planned intervention includes use of the Numicon software to support interventions.
  • Diagnostic testing on entry of all Year 7 to quality assure benchmarking and that no students are “missed”
  • A whole school focus on the sharing and development of best practice to support the effective teaching of Literacy.   This is in line with our School Improvement Plan for 2019-20.

In order to monitor progress a rigorous tracking and monitoring process is in place. A further review of Year 7 Catch-Up will take place in July 2020 with interim reviews scheduled across the year.