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Literacy and Numeracy catch up Funding

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Premium

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the national standard of 100 in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). The catch up funding is designed to ensure that students who have not achieved their potential at KS2 are not disadvantaged by this and are provided with the opportunity to ensure they have the same equality of opportunity as their peers by the time they leave compulsory education. The wider aims of the catch up funding include:-

• To increase social mobility • To enable students from disadvantaged backgrounds to get to the top universities

• To ensure that students from all backgrounds have an equal opportunity to be successful

• To reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils nationally

funding for 2013/14
 

OBA received £17,500 of this funding for the year 2013-14.

This was spent on:

  • One Teaching Assistant for the Year 7 nurture group
  • The Accelerated Reader support resource package that improves literacy levels and reading ages
  • Funding towards library support staffing

Our spending was decided based on the following processes:

  • Primary transition meetings and discussions with primary headteachers and staff
  • Primary transition progress data and pen profiles
  • Student and parent voice from the 2014 Summer School
  • ‘The Sutton Trust’ research evidence
  • ‘The PiXL Group’ research evidence

funding for 2014/15
 

OBA received £15,000 of this funding for the year 2014-15.

This was spent on:

  • Further staffing to include before and after-school support
  • Further books, ICT equipment and resources (eg. via Accelerated Reader) to support literacy and numeracy
  • Workshops with writers and mathematicians to raise aspirations and improve progress

funding for 2015/16
 

OBA received £15,000 of this funding for the year 2015-16.

This was be spent on:

  • One Teaching Assistant for the Year 7 nurture group
  • The Accelerated Reader support resource package that improves literacy levels and reading ages
  • Funding towards library support staffing

funding for 2016/17
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OBA received £19,931 of this funding for 2016/2017

This was spent on:

  • Summer School
  • Further staffing to include before and after school support
  • Additional books and resources to support literacy and numeracy, including Accelerated Reader
  • Workshops with writers and mathematicians to raise aspirations and improve progress

funding for 2017/18
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This was spent on:

  • Part funding for a nurture (primary) teacher £7,500
  • Funding for small interventions with a support member of staff before/ during school £5,602
  • Allowance for leadership in Reading, Writing and Maths £3,000
  • Accelerated Reader support resource package that improves literacy levels in reading £4,282

Evaluation

  • The funding above had an impact on progress as 43 students (20.3%) entered OBA below the expected standard. 74% of this cohort made accelerated progress during the academic year and are now on target at the end of year 7. A small group failed to make the expected standard at the end of year 7 and therefore are still below standards when entering into year 8, Maths 17.6% (6 students) and English 14.7% (5 students). Interestingly, only half of this group are below target in both subjects and the rest are off target in either English or Maths. Therefore the changes made this year to curriculum timetabling will support progress as these students can now move between sets in English and Maths according to ability. Students who have not made the expected level at the end of year 7 will continue to receive support in English through targeted intervention with Jenny Wheatcroft. These students get an additional 20 mins 1:1 reading with Jenny each week to support with fluency and comprehension along with a guided group read to support their understanding of text which has also has improved concentration and understanding of a text. Accelerated reader had an impact on literacy and contributed to this groups improved literacy levels. To build on the success we need to routinely record students reading ages as they move through the accelerated reader programme to show impact through the data.

funding for 2018/19
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OBA expects to receive 20,709 of funding for 2018/19.

  • Extra class created in English and Maths  £13,077
  • Extra class created in Science for year 9 students £2,000
  • Question level analysis for a primary responsive curriculum £450
  • The Accelerated Reader support resource package used to improve literacy levels and reading age £4,282
  • Catch up Literacy and Catch up Numeracy is structured one-to-one interventions to accelerate progress for learners who find literacy and numeracy difficult. The cost is £900 for two TAs to be training how to deliver the course and includes all teaching resources.

An extra class created in Maths and English to accommodate students who have not reached expected standards and adopt a primary responsive curriculum. KS3 leaders have a breakdown of the KS2 SATS and have produced SOW to secure knowledge missed at KS2 in preparation for the KS3 curriculum.

An extra class has been created for the nurture group in year 9 for Science this year to allow for gaps in knowledge to be secured moving from KS3 into KS4. The KS3 lead in Science has produced a development plan to support this group of students making accelerated progress in year 9.

English and Maths have both received detailed reports on the year 7 cohorts SATS performance. The students who came to OBA not at expected standard will close the gaps in knowledge from primary school before accessing the secondary curriculum. Using the reports SOW have been adapted and DDP created to aid progress of this group. English have created a project with a new focus each week covering areas of weakness in the summer SATS.  

We will know we have been successful if all skills have improved. To evaluate its success we will compare the baseline assessments in September with internal teacher tracking of each skill and progress tests at staggered points throughout the year.

Catch up Literacy and Numeracy is a new programme which offers 1-to-1 support for short sharp focused sessions in the morning. The programme has been used in many schools with excellent outcomes in terms of progress in both areas. Two TAs will receive training in the programme and use of materials. Sessions will run during tutor time for this group of students. The programme also offers a tracking system to monitor progress made by each student from a given starting point.  

We will know we are being successful as the programme offers an initial baseline assessment and then every few weeks students are tested and results entered into an online tracking system that automatically compares performance against previous assessments to show a student’s learning journey. This will also impact on outcomes and student progress data entered by class teachers.

Accelerated reader will continue with its success but will assess and record electronically the reading ages to show progress through data. English are also trialling a paper based reading test from GNRT to compare results.

  • We will know we are being successful if we have regular reading/ spelling tests which are recorded systematically with the students starting point followed by results which can then be entered onto SIMS, showing the most recent reading age. An improved reading age should also see impact in all other subject outcomes evidenced in data drops.