Year 7 Catch-Up Premium

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium allocated by the Department for Education (DfE) gives schools additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least a national curriculum level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2).
 
In 2013-2014, the amount allocated to Platanos College was £18,500The amount allocated for 2014-2015 was £22,500. The amount for 2015-2016 was £15,000. The funding for 2016-2017 will be published once confirmed.

 

PROGRAMMES

The funds are used in a targeted manner to ensure that those pupils entitled to the Premium receive tailored support appropriate to their literacy and numeracy needs.

 

The programmes of support include the following:

  • Additional support and tuition in small groups and, where appropriate, one-to-one teaching. 
  • Identified pupils also benefited from a Supported Curriculum in Key Stage 3, which is a primary-style teaching approach. This Supported Curriculum concentrates on basic skills to enable ‘catch-up’ to take place.
  • Learning Mentors to support learning needs.
  • Our Learning Support Unit (LSU) provides targeted support for the under-performing pupils.
  • Additional homework support and extracurricular clubs.
  • Purchase of specific resources to aid learning (e.g. Toe by Toe programme; Cutting Edge programme; Accelerated Reader).
  • Residential trips to aid learning, skills development and the secondary transition process.

 

THE IMPACT

The support programmes for eligible pupils have resulted in a positive impact: 

  • Increased progress in literacy with an increase in the reading ages of pupils.
  • 89% of eligible Y7 pupils made expected to more than expected progress in English at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year (end of Year 7 assessment).
  • Increased progress in numeracy.
  • 90% of eligible Y7 pupils made expected to more than expected progress in Maths at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year (end of Year 7 assessment).
  • Increased pupil confidence in reading and numeracy.
 
The programmes continue to be monitored and refined as required during the course of the interventions.

Our GCSE results have shown significant improvement over the last few years and Platanos College is now one of the top-performing schools in the country.