In 2015-16 of those entitled to Year 7 Catch-up funding 68% made good or outstanding progress in literacy and 55% in numeracy. This is a key area of focus for the 2016-17 academic year, introducing a range of new intervention strategies to further enhance the progress of this cohort.
Background In 2013, the Government introduced the Year 7 Catch-Up Fund. This will enable all secondary schools to help all students who did not achieve at least level 4 in the Key Stage 2 national curriculum (SATS) tests in reading and/or mathematics. Therefore, in 2016-17, schools will receive £500 for each Year 7 student who has not attained at least level 4 in reading and/or mathematics (maximum £500 per pupil) at Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests.
Outwood Academy Newbold strives to attain the highest standards and ensure inclusion and equal access for all learners. A wide range of provision and intervention strategies are offered to enable all learners to engage in learning and do their best. In deciding how we spend the Year 7 Catch-Up Fund, we recognise that not all students took the SATS tests and there will be cases where some students currently in Year 7 are not yet working at level 4 and we do not directly receive funding for these students from this fund.
As such the Academy reserves the right to allocate the Year 7 Catch-Up Fund to support any students or groups of students the Academy has identified as needing additional support in English or mathematics to achieve improved outcomes in learning.
In allocating this fund consideration will be given to those students who:
• Have not attained level 4 in reading and/or mathematics at Key Stage 2 as identified by the national curriculum tests
• Have no SATS test results
• Are currently working below level 4 in lessons
• Have below average verbal and/or quantitative Cognitive Abilities Tests (CAT) scores
Outwood Academy Newbold received £12000 for 2015-2016. We strive to attain the highest standards and ensure inclusion and equal access for all learners. A wide range of provision and intervention strategies are offered to enable all learners to engage in learning and reach their potential.
It is anticipated that the academy will receive Year 7 Catch-Up Funding of £12,000 for the coming academic year. The funding will be used to provide a range of small group work and 1 to 1 interventions consisting of:
• Ruth Miskin Phonics
• Accelerated Reader
• Handwriting support
• VMG literacy
• VMG numeracy
• Small group literacy work
• Reflective reading
• TRUGS (Teaching Reading Using Games)
• 1:1 numeracy work
• Small group numeracy work
• Mathswatch VLE
There will also be further opportunities at Parent’s Evenings to discuss how parents can support their child at home;
• Mathematics: parents invited to see how mathematics is taught. They will also watch a demonstration of Mathswatch and Mymaths to help them support their child at home.
• English: The Accelerated Reader and Lexia programmes will be explained and they will be given passwords to access at home to ensure they can support their child.
• Interventions for students who are identified with Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia & Dyslexia.
• Information regarding access to literacy & numeracy sessions in subsequent years.
Evaluating the Effectiveness
• The internal reporting Praising Stars© system will be used to assess students’ progress. Current predictions will be available after Praising Stars 1.