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Year 7 Catch-Up Fund

Background

In 2013, the Government introduced the Year 7 Catch-Up Fund. The original purpose of this was to enable secondary schools to help support all students who did not achieve at least level 4 in the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum (SATS) tests in reading and/or mathematics.

Strategy

Lady Manners School strives to attain the highest standards and we ensure that all students have equal access to learning and activities. We provide a wide range of ways to learn, to enable all students to take part fully in learning and to do their best.

In deciding how we spend the Year 7 Catch-Up Fund, we recognise that not all students took the Key Stage 2 tests and there will be cases where some students currently in Year 7 are not yet working at the expected end of Key Stage 2 level and we do not directly receive funding for these students from this fund. As such the school will sometimes involve any students or groups of students the school has identified as needing additional support in reading and/or mathematics to achieve the best results in all subjects.

In allocating this fund consideration will be given to those students who:

  • have not attained at the expected level in reading and/or mathematics at Key Stage 2 as identified by the national curriculum tests
  • are currently working below the expected level in lessons
  • have a below average reading age
  • achieve below the expected level in the October Year 7 mathematics test

How we allocate the Year 7 Catch-Up Fund

Current academic year: 2017-18

It is anticipated that the school will receive Year 7 Catch-Up funding of £12,300 for the current academic year. The additional funding will be used to provide a variety of strategies, which will enable us to tailor our approach depending on individual student needs:

  • The use of Year 12 Buddy Readers during form time
    • Year 12 students are regularly reading with current Year 7
    • In addition, Year 12 students will continue to read with both Year 8 and Year 9 students, following on from students identified for intervention from previous Year 7 Catch-Up cohorts
  • The use of the Conquer Maths online resource during form-time
    • Supervised and supported by the Learning Support Department
    • Students will be able to access the resource at home
  • Year 7 Catch-Up Parents' Evening/Days for Mathematics: parents invited to see how mathematics is taught; resources will be available and they will leave with strategies they can use to support their child. Ran previously as Adds for Dads and Sums for Mums
  • Enhanced in-class support in English and mathematics lessons from the Learning Support Department where appropriate
  • Our experienced librarian identifies appropriate resources to assist with development, e.g. books for reluctant readers, e-readers, maths puzzles/problems
  • Use of Reading Wise scheme, which is delivered by Teaching Assistant support, to develop phonics and comprehension
  • Provision of suitable English and mathematics tests so students can be tested reliably at the start and end of Year 7, which will enable more targeted intervention

Previous academic year: 2016-17

In March 2017 the school received a Year 7 Catch-Up funding of £15,000 for 2016-17. The additional funding was used to provide the following range of activities:

  • Targeted one-to-two sessions
  • The use of Year 12 Buddy Readers during form time
  • The use of the Conquer Maths online resource during form-time
  • Further development of the Lexia reading course
  • Enhanced in-class support in English and mathematics lessons from the Learning Support Department

Measuring the impact of the Year 7 Catch-Up Fund

What evaluation measures do we use?
  • There is no longer a system for 'assessing with levels' nationally. We will use the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum test scores to give an expected ultimate GCSE grade.  Students’ progress towards this grade will be reported at regular stages throughout the school year and this will form one aspect of our analysis of the impact the intervention has made.
  • Reading tests are taken at the start of Year 7 to establish an initial reading age, then students are re-tested at the end of Year 7.
  • Attendance at form-time intervention sessions.
  • Student voice: students are interviewed at the end of the year.
Impact of the expenditure on students

In 2016-17 there were 40 Year 7 students identified for intervention.  They were paired up with Sixth Form students for weekly reading sessions in the library, to complement the one reading session per week in tutorial time.  All 40 students were re-tested using the NFER tests in the Summer Term:

  • 17 students had improved their reading age by more than a year
  • 4 had improved in line with expectation, improving their reading age by one year
  • It should be noted that there was less than a full calendar year between the first and second test being administered, so an increase of a year in reading age can be considered above expected progress
  • There were 25 students who had a Key Stage 2 test mathematics scaled score of less than 98.  Of these, 23 made at least expected progress (92%)
  • The attendance at sessions, at all levels has been very high, particularly for those using the Year 12 students for Buddy Reading.

The next review of the school's Year 7 Catch-Up Strategy will happen in June 2018.