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Catch Up Premium

St Joseph’s Catholic Academy: Literacy and Numeracy ‘Catch-Up’ Premium Annual Statement 2014-2015

Background

‘Catch-Up’ Premium is the additional funding allocated to schools to provide extra support in Literacy and Numeracy for students who join St Joseph’s in Year 7. The Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium provides school with an additional £500 for each Year 7 student who did not achieve at least a level 4 in Reading and/or Maths at the end of Key Stage 2.

Funding

  • In 2013-14 the academy received £12,000 for 28 students who were eligible for Catch Up Premium (17 Maths, 11 Reading, 4 Maths and Reading).
  • In 2014-15 the academy will receive £14,000 for 38 students who are eligible for Catch Up Premium (22 Maths, 16 Reading, 10 Maths and Reading).

Key Priority

To support those students who achieve below Level 4 in Reading and/or Maths at Key Stage 2 to narrow, and ultimately close, the attainment gap between them and their peers. This will be achieved by:

  • Identifying students early and carefully planning interventions.
  • Improving the quality of support offered to students.
  • The coordinators of Literacy and Numeracy monitoring and evaluating the impact of interventions to improve progress and attainment.

What We Expect to See

Targeted additional support strategies resulting in every student, eligible for Catch Up Premium, being able to:

  • Improve their levels of attainment and progress and thus close gaps between them and their peers.
  • Develop their levels of Literacy and Numeracy skills so that they can access a curriculum that meets their needs.
  • Access extra – curricular and enrichment provision alongside their peers

Year 7 Catch Up Premium / Early Intervention (Maths)

2013-2014

Spending of the Year 7 Catch Up Premium

  • Summer school
  • My Maths website
  • Numeracy booklet distributed to Parents of Year 7
  • CL, DCL & ACL supported Year 7 classes by working with small groups.
  • Use of the Maths Age software
  • Individual teacher support

Outcomes of Spending

  2013-14 2012-13
Students arriving in Year 7 below Level 4 17 20
Students improving to level 4 by the end of the year 11 13
Students remaining below Level 4 6 7

How will we improve the attainment of those remaining below level 4?

Improved setting in Year 8 will enable class teachers to plan lessons aimed at the appropriate set.  Teaching Assistants can provide provision to support individual students during lesson time.  Continued investment into resources such as ‘My Maths’ and key skills programme.

2014-2015

Planned Use of the Year 7 Catch Up Premium

  • The introduction of broad setting in Year 7
  • Allocation of additional Maths teacher to teach Catch Up Premium students
  • October catch-up school
  • Easter catch-up school
  • Times-table Rockstars paper resources and internet website
  • Support time used within the department
  • My Maths website
  • Numeracy booklet available via Parent Portal
  • Use of the Maths Age software
  • Individual teacher support

Year 7 Catch-Up Premium (Reading/Literacy)

LITERACY INTERVENTIONS (HISTORICAL)

  1. Grammar and Punctuation Shows October 2013 Years 7-11. Videos and cartoons still used in Reception and in English lessons. (£1000)
  2. Read for My School with Year 7 January-March 2014. National Competition.  Shonagh Robinson won most books read category for her age in the North East.  Kaci Ayre, Dominic Gardiner and Nicholas Loftus also won prizes.
  3. Sixth Form Reading Mentors into English lessons. Students provided one to one support and led small group reading sessions across Years 7-8.  Students involved: Andrew Frost Younger, David Fittis, Natasha Cross, Laura Averill, Emily McCullough , Gary White, Shauna Boyd, Monira Miah.
  4. Reading Around the World focus to Year 8 reading lessons once per fortnight during English lessons.
  5. Year 9 Reading Games where tutors encouraged Year 9 students to compete with other tutor groups to see who could read the most.
  6. South Tyneside Spelling Bee at Mortimer School December 2013.
  7. Apostrophe Mistakes Competition across all years Easter 2014
  8. World Book Day March 2014
  9. Mencap Spellathon October-December 2013
  10. Spellzone free trial Februray 2014
  11. BBC 500 Words Competition February and internal competition in March 2013 and 2014.
  12. Assemblies with all year groups.
  13. The Hobbit Book Club with Year 8 throughout 2013
  14. The 2Steves Writing Workshop, April 2013 St. Robert’s Washington with Year 8.
  15. Liz Million Workshop February 2013 St. Thomas More High School North Shields.
  16. Seven Stories visit. Prize awarded to winners of internal 500 words competition June 2013.
  17. Literacy Pages for Year 13 Study Skills Booklets produced and completed by whole year group as part of guided learning hours. 2013-14

LITERACY INTERVENTIONS 2014-15

  1. Read for My School with Years 7 and 8 from January –March 2015.
  2. The books won from Read for My School are being used to launch a Year 9 Reading Group. This group will launch Read ON a Google Page which can be accessed by students and parents which aims to promote reading for pleasure.
  3. HNCP Spelling Bee November 2014.
  4. Literacy Leaders with ten Year 12 and 13 students. A national qualification where participants have to teach literacy skills to small groups of students and promote literacy across the curriculum.  Want to use tablets to promote engagement.  Possibly with Oxford Owl Reading and Spelling Students will be working with identified students in Years 7 and 8 – list to follow.
  5. Reading Around the World focus to Year 8 reading lessons once per fortnight during English lessons.
  6. World Book Day March 2015
  7. Spellzone
  8. BBC 500 Words Competition February 2015 and internal competition in March 2015.
  9. Assemblies with all year groups.
  10. Plan to engage some under chronological readers in Years 9 and 10 with either a Sixth Form Student or member of staff to read outside of lessons for three times a week. Names and information to follow.
  11. Bid in place for electronic dictionaries for English rooms and/or for identified students.
  12. Plan to bid for a whole school subscription of Spellzone (£295.00 for 1000 users in school and at home for one year).