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

AIM

The Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium is additional funding to support Year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in Reading, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) or Mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2.  The aim of this strategy is not only to ensure the efficient use of this funding so that ‘catch up’ students are in line with their peers by the end of year 7, but also to ensure that the gap in attainment at KS2 reduces as they progress through KS3 and into KS4 study.

Though the programme targets all students who are below the age-related expectation, students classified as Disadvantaged and with a SEND have been targeted specifically as these cohorts of students under-perform nationally compared to their peers and we want to ensure that we are prioritising these as a consequence.

COHORT

The following criteria has been applied to select the cohort for our Catch Up provision:

  • KS2 Scaled Score of 98 or below in either Reading or SPaG (51 students)
  • KS2 Scaled Score of 98 or below in Maths (68 students)

Reading and Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar

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: After school catch up groups
  • The aim of these sessions is to develop numeracy skills and confidence.
  • A two-tier scheme of work covering key topics from the KS2 and for some students the KS1 curriculum.
  • Engaging activities to build confidence and enthusiasm (different to normal lesson).
  • Of the topics selected, all directly link into the KS3 and GCSE curriculum.
Strategy 2: Mathletics
  • Online Maths programme incorporating full Maths curriculum with in-depth student reporting.
  • Teachers track progress and set tasks linked to gap analysis.
  • Currently running a trial with a select group of students with the view to roll out to the rest of the cohort.
Strategy 3: CGP Catch Up books
  • All students within the Catch Up cohort are provided with a CGP Catch Up book.
  • These improve mathematical fluency by building up number facts in students’ long-term memory.
  • Books 1-5 cover range of ability levels.  Teachers have selected the level of book relevant to students’ current level.

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

  • GCSE 9-1 Grades – assessing students’ progress against their Achievable Target Grade (ATG)
  • Mathletics reporting system

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