Year 7 catch-up premium
What is it?
The Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium gave schools additional funding from the Department for Education to support our Year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least the national expected level in reading and/or mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2. This year any students who scored below 100 were considered to be below the standard needed for secondary transfer.
What did we do?
All students followed the Fresh Start programme delivered by phonics trained HLTAs 6 times a week. This was monitored closely to ensure rapid progress in reading. They also receive twice weekly numeracy lessons to embed the basics in maths.
We provided more bespoke guided-interventions dependent upon need e.g. Rapid Reader, progress units (information retrieval, reading between the lines, sentences, spelling), Stride Ahead, Grammar for Writing. Again, student progress was tracked and evaluated to ensure that students were following the right scheme for their needs.
Staff who taught students were made aware of the schemes being followed and were provided with support as to how to utilise the strategies in their lessons to accelerate progress. Students read aloud in groups during form-time to ensure that they are exposed to more challenging literature than they could access alone and they were also expected to quiz using literature appropriate to their reading age on Accelerated reader (rewards were given to encourage and motivate).