Year 7 catch up premium

This grant enables the school to allocate funds for year 7 pupils who fail to achieve a level 4 in both reading and Maths. As our pupils have Severe/Profound learning difficulties this is allocated to all Year 7 pupils.
The allocations for this school were as follows:
  • 2015/16 - £4000
  • 2016-17 - £1500
  • 2017-18 - £6500
Funds are not released until midway through the academic year and often interventions are highlighted for Year 7 pupils at a similar point. We therefore do not allocate the money immediately. We anticipate receiving £3500 for current Y7 pupils. (2018-19)

2017/18 spend

As planned in previous report we purchased resources to support Y7 students with Maths and English development. This included many sensory resources as a high percentage of these pupils have profound and multipole learning difficulties. We have also renewed our licence for Mathletics, an online Maths programme. Various literacy and numeracy class resources were purchased within the Senior Department. Staff were trained in Numicon and senior classes attended a ‘bubbly maths’ workshop.

Impact

100% of Y7 pupils made at least good progress in overall English as compared to 91% of their peers in other year groups. In specific aspects of Reading and Writing 100% made at least good progress as compared to 98% and 87% of their peers respectively. 100% made at least good progress in Maths as compared to 96% of their peers.

Conclusion

The resources purchased with this grant have contributed to at least good progress for the Y7 pupils in all cases with a higher percentage of them achieving at least good progress than their peers in other year groups.