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Year 7 Catch Up Funding

Year 7 Catch Up Funding

Use of Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Funding to support students at The Streetly Academy.

Every school has a duty to ensure that every individual child is given the best possible chance of achieving their potential.

The Government provides Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up funding, which is in addition to main school funding, to support Year 7 students who did not achieve at least Level 4 in Reading or Maths at the end of Key Stage 2.

This funding is allocated to schools based on the number of students who fulfil the above criteria.

It is for schools to decide how the Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up funding is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility.

The focus of our strategy is to continue to promote progress and remove barriers to learning for students eligible for this funding.

September 2015 to August 2016

The Streetly Academy received £14,500 of Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up funding from the Education Funding Agency for the period to 31 August 2016.

We prioritised the use of this funding to support our Year 7 students who had not achieved at least Level 4 in Reading or Maths at the end of Key Stage 2.

We used the Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up funding to fund the following:

Support

  • Creating a Nurture Group in Year 7 to support the learning of our weakest and most vulnerable Year 7 students
  • Maths and English Coaches (a proportion of their time in school)
  • In February 2016, we appointed a Key Stage 3 Learning Mentor to work with our vulnerable Year 7 students on study skills, organisation, homework habits, as well as basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Total Expenditure September 2015 - August 2016 = £22,735.47

Impact & Outcomes

The smaller groups allow a personalised approach to the needs of the child and with additional programmes such as Lexia and Reading Plus allowing them to build on their basic skills.  A number of students find that it has taken time to adapt to the new skills in Secondary school and to recap on the work covered in Year 6.  Our Key Stage 3 Learning Mentor has a programme of supported study whereby she works alongside Heads of Year to improve work habits, attainment, confidence and engagement in school.

September 2016 to August 2017

For 2016/17 academic year we are looking to maintain the way we use the Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up funding.  Our aim is to continue to narrow the gap between the attainment of those students who were not deemed to be “Secondary Ready” (SATS scores of below 100 in English and Maths) and reading ages of more than one year below chronological age.  We have put in after school intervention sessions for these students, re-capping on Year 6 work and using SATS preparation work books.