Pupils who do not achieve a level 4 at the end of KS2 in English and/or Mathematics attract a Catch-Up premium of £500 for use in their first year of secondary school in order to aid them to progress in these (and other) subjects at a faster rate.
In the 2015/16 year 7 cohort we have 14 eligible pupils, and in March we received the payment of £7,000.
Since September we have employed a number of strategies to support these pupils:
- Lexia (phonics programme) during some Reach for a Book sessions
- Paired reading with strong year 9 pupils during some Reach for a Book sessions
- Targeted support from Assistant Teachers, particularly in English and Mathematics lessons, aided by training provided by the Assistant Headteacher – Senco
We have recently bought into a programme, ‘Catch Up’, which complements these existing interventions, and builds upon the role already adopted by Assistant Teachers. This will see these teachers taking individuals and small groups out of lessons for short bursts of intervention, and has a strong evidence base to prove effectiveness.
The impact of existing interventions is demonstrated in the table below:
|KS2 Maths baseline||Spring 1 Maths attainment||Progress in Maths||KS2 English baseline||Spring 1 English attainment||Progress in English|
|Pupils eligible for Catch-Up funding||20.13||23.67||3.54||21.47||25.52||4.05|
|Pupils ineligible for Catch-Up funding||29.2||31.59||2.39||28.98||31.19||2.21|
Eight of the 12 eligible pupils have now achieved a level 4 in Mathematics, whilst 9 of eleven eligible pupils have achieved a level 4 in English
In terms of levels, those eligible have made just over half a sublevel more progress in Mathematics, and have made nearly one sublevel more in English compared to ineligible pupils. This is testament primarily to the daily efforts of the Assistant Teachers supporting pupils in their classes.