Year 7 Catch Up Funding
The school receives an additional grant for Year 7 children who did not achieve at least expected progress in reading, grammar and/or mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2. The catch-up funding is designed to ensure that pupils who have not achieved their potential at KS2 are provided with the opportunity to receive the same opportunities as their peers by the time they leave compulsory education. In the financial year 18/19 the school received £8,193 of funding for this purpose.
Major initiatives funded with the Catch-Up Grant
- Year 7 Phonics Programme
- After school numeracy intervention
Impact of intervention
These interventions were directed towards nine pupils with the combined lowest Key Stage 2 score upon entry into the secondary school. They were given an amended timetable known as the ‘Catch-up Curriculum’. We measured the impact of the numeracy and phonics intervention within this curriculum by comparing their starting position in the year group, to their end-of-year ranking across their subjects, and in English and maths.
- 22% improved their ranked position in the year group across all subjects (increasing on average by over 10 places).
- In English end-of-year exams, 56% of pupils improved their ranked position in the year group (increasing on average by 20 places).
- In maths end-of-year exams, 11% of pupils improved their ranked position in the year group (on average by 15 places).
We also measured the impact according to the percentage change in their Trinity assessment, compared to their Michaelmas assessment, compared to the average percentage change for the year group as a whole.
- In English, the average change in assessment percentage for the year group was 0%, compared to 6% for the Catch-Up Curriculum group.
- In maths, the average change in assessment percentage for the year group was -2% (due to a more challenging Trinity assessment) compared to 1% for the Catch-up Curriculum group.