Catch-Up Premium Funding at The Ruth Gorse Academy

The Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium is additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in Reading or Mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2.

2019-20 Funding: £26,000* Approximate. TBC.

View/download the Impact Document 2018-2019

2019-20 Catch-Up cohort strategy

106 students in Reading and 85 students in Mathematics arrived at The Ruth Gorse Academy with a score of 100 or below in KS2 tests. There are 59 students below expected levels in both English and Mathematics. Due to this there are 106 students in Reading and 67 in Mathematics that have or are now receiving intervention.

Reading

Strategy 1: Ruth Miskin ‘Fresh Start’

Fresh Start is a daily phonics-based programme aimed at students in upper primary / early secondary. The aim of the programme is to improve literacy skills and prioritise literacy outcomes.

The Fresh Start programme is delivered to 7P and 8P during their English and Humanities lessons. The programme is delivered by trained English colleagues within the academy. The English teacher therefore teaches humanities to these two groups.

Strategy 2: Literacy Planet

There are 39 students within the year 7 cohort (excluding those following the Ruth Miskin ‘Fresh Start’ programme) on a rolling programme of reading and Literacy Planet. These sessions take place during a 25 minute form session each week.

Strategy 3: Reading Groups

There are 39 students within the year 7 cohort who are initially following a reading programme in form time on a Tuesday, Thursday or Friday morning.
These sessions will be delivered by the AST in English in small intervention groups. Students follow a whole group guided reading using smart skills books.

How we are measuring impact:
During the academic Year 2019-20, we will measure the impact of the Catch-Up funding in English through

  • GCSE 9-1 Grades; Reading ages (STAR reading test);
  • Literacy Planet reports (intervention groups);
  • Single Word Reading Test (‘Fresh Start’ students only)

Progress is reported in the second and third term of the academic year.

Mathematics

Strategy 1: Catch Up Groups (After school sessions)

There are 85 students with a Mathematics scale score of less than 100 who have being place into intervention groups for Monday after school. These sessions will begin 04/11/2019 and will run until Christmas where the appropriate changes will be made.

Within these sessions there is a three-tier scheme of work to ensure high quality delivery to those who need this extra numeracy practice.   From 4th November, students are assigned a group depending on their KS2 scales score and in some cases baseline scores.  Students with similar scaled scores are grouped into sets.  These sets receive extra Maths sessions on a Thursday after-school for 30 minutes.

Students with the lowest scaled scores are in the smallest groups.

How we are measuring impact:
During 2019-20, we will measure the impact of the Catch-Up funding through:

  • Scaled scores and GCSE 9-1 Grades (GCSE Grades from APs and grade of completed work);
  • Minimum Expectations (Set by the trust for each year and ability);

Please find below the trust agreed minimum expectation table, for Maths, which is used to assess the progress of these students at each assessment point.

 </th > Year 7</th > Year 8</th > Year 9</th > Year 10</th > Year 11</th >
HPAs 3 4 5 6 7
MPAs 2 3 4 5 6
LPAs a 1 2 3 4

Progress is reported in the second and third term of the academic year.