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 £18,500. The 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.
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 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.