Year 7 Catch-up funding Spend and Plan


In 2015 – 2016 Dean Trust Ardwick was allocated £6500 in funding as part of the Year 7 catch up initiative. Year 7 catch-up funding provides an additional £500 for every pupil who has not achieved Level 4 in reading and/or mathematics at Key Stage 2. This funding aims to help these students to ‘catch up’ with their peers during their first years at the school.

How we spent the allocation of funds during 2015-2016:

As a startup academy in its first year of operation, there was a degree of uncertainty around the catch up funding allocation due for 2015/16. An allocation of £6500 was received in March 2016, leaving insufficient time for an effective spend plan to be produced and implemented. The total allocation of £6500 was instead deferred at the financial year end and was carried across to the next financial year to be included within the 2016/17 spend plan. This is in accordance with the Education Funding Agency’s terms of grant allocation.

How we plan to spend the current academic year’s allocation:

Literacy

Action Measure of Impact Summary of Funding Usage
All pupils entering with below a KS2 score of 100 will receive 6 weeks of ‘Intensive Literacy’. This is a series of 3, 50 minute lessons per week which focus on writing skills including:
• understanding sentence and paragraph structure
• developing detail of paragraphs
• understanding of how word classes can be formed and recognised
• building vocabulary
• Pupils will be tested using Lucid Exact at the beginning and end of the intervention.
• When pupils have reached the required target grade they will ‘graduate’ from the intervention.
• Purchase of Lucid Exact
• Salary for 1 part-time literacy coordinator who will deliver the intensive literacy intervention sessions as well as support identified pupils within curriculum lessons to build vocabulary,
• Purchase and copying of resources for the intervention sessions including vocabulary books.
Pupils entering with a reading age of 2 or more years below their chronological age will follow the Booster Reading @ secondary programme.• Pupils will be tested using Lucid Exact to map their progress over the 10-week programme. • Purchase of a variety of appropriate books and texts for the programme which have been levelled.
Pupils entering with a reading age of 1-2 years below their chronological age will complete a trial of Accelerated Reader for a term (in the first instance). This will be monitored by a reading assistant. • STAR reading age test• Purchase of Accelerated Reader licenses
• Covering the cost of AR training.
• Purchase of appropriately levelled Accelerated Reader texts to be available to borrow from the library.
• Copying of materials for parental correspondence.
• Purchase of rewards/ incentives.
• Salary of 1 part-time reading assessment who will mentor identified pupils through Accelerated reader, run reading groups and liaise with parents/carers over the progress of pupils and at-home reading strategies.

Numeracy

Action Measure of Impact Summary of Funding Usage
All pupils entering secondary with a KS2 score of or below 100 will receive a minimum of 6 weeks of Numeracy intervention. This is a series of 3 sessions per week which are bespoke to the each pupil’s individual areas for improvement.• Pupils will be tested using KS2 questions before and after the programme.
• When pupils have reached the required target grade they will ‘graduate’ from the intervention.
• For the following 6 weeks, pupils will be given a pack to complete at home, which will be checked weekly by staff.
• Purchase of Collins Maths Frame working books.
• Salary of a numeracy coordinator partly funded from Catch-up, who will deliver sessions, monitor those pupils who have graduated from the programme and support identified pupils within the curriculum lessons to build skills.
• Copying of materials for parental correspondence.
Pupils partake in Numeracy Ninjas programme in order to build basic numerical skills.• Pupils are tested weekly on three strands of mathematics: mental strategies, timetables and key skills.
• Pupils are awarded a ‘Ninja belt’ each time they graduate to a new level of the programme.
• Purchase of award stickers for each pupil when they graduate to a new ‘ninja belt’.
• Purchase of rewards for best in group.
• Purchase of Grand Master pins for those achieving the highest ‘Ninja belt’.
Developing teaching and learning within the Mathematics department.• Pupils progression from a score of below 100 on entry to a score equivalent to 100 or more by the end of the school year. • Covering the cost of external and/or internal courses, such as Catch Up® Numeracy, Keynote Educational and NRich Maths which will further develop teachers’ understanding of the most effective methods of delivering the mathematics curriculum to pupils who enter secondary school on or below 100. This will ensure those pupils have a sound grasp of key topics and problem solving skills.