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.  Regular meetings of the Assistant Head teacher (Data, Assessment and Curriculum) with KS3 Coordinators of Maths and English to discuss progress and impact.

The £11,522 funding was received via the local authority in March 2018 for the academic year 2017-2018.

Impact in English

In September 2017, twelve students started the year below the national average in English. Through the intervention programme eight students finished the year levels on above their target grade and three finished the year at their target grades. One student finished the year just one sub level below their target grade; the reading age of this student did improve during the year.  Our programme of support included:

  • Employment of GAP year students 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 2017, thirty students were identified for intervention as they had below average Key Stage two scores for Maths.  Of these seventeen surpassed their end of year target, with another seven students meeting their target.  Our programme of support included:

  • Gap year employee working with small groups 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.
  • 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 2018-19.

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 2019 with interim reviews scheduled across the year.