Year 7 catch‐up funding provides an additional £500 for every student who has not achieved level 4 in reading, writing and/or maths at key stage 2. This funding aims to help these students to ‘catch up’ with their peers during their first year in KS3.
Ovingham Middle School was allocated £3,500 in funding as part of the Year 7 Catch Up initiative. This was provided for 3 pupils below level 4 in Reading, 4 in writing and 5 below level 4 in Maths as assessed at KS2.
The funding was used to:
- Increase the focus on year 7 small group tuition.
- Employ a teacher to create a small focus Maths groups every lesson.
- Target the use of TAs to support ‘catch‐up’ pupils in lessons.
- Resource and implement BRP 1: 1 interventions.
- Resource and implement focused reading interventions with a teacher.
- Resource and implement Read/Write inc.
What effect the expenditure had on the attainment of students for whom it was allocated?
- By the end of Year 7 all pupils had made at least two levels of progress from KS1 to KS2 and 2 out of the 3 pupils had achieved at least a level 4.
- On average these pupils achieved a level 3a (23 points) and had made 5 points progress across Year 7.
- By the end of Year 7 all pupils had made at least two levels of progress from KS1 to KS2 and 3 out of the 4 pupils had achieved at least a level 4.
- On average these pupils were achieving a level 3a (24 points) and had made 3.5 points progress across Year 7.
- By the end of Year 7 all of the 5 pupils had made at least two levels of progress from KS1 to KS2 and all of the pupils had achieved at least a level 4.
- On average these pupils were achieving a level 4b (27 points) and have made 6 points progress across Year 7.
Year 7 Catch up funding 2016-2017
This academic year, despite allocation of funding at the time of writing being unspecified, we believe that those students who did not reach the required new standards in the 2016 SAT’s tests required extra intervention to enable them to be High school and GCSE ready.
The plans were put in place in June 2016 to enable year 7 classes, in English and Maths, to be taught in smaller groups, increasing them from 3 classes to 4. This required significant timetable changes and funding of two additional teachers. The catch up funding, in part, will fund these staff as well as significant contribution from the main school budget.
It is hoped that smaller classes will help support students progress in these areas where closer support is required.
In addition to this each of these classes will have a Teaching Assistant.
Detailed analysis of the impact will be published in July 2017.