Ovingham Middle School was allocated funding as part of the Year 7 Catch Up initiative. Year 7 catch‐up funding provides additional funding for every student who did not achieve the expected standard 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. This involved 5 pupils below the expected standard in Reading, 9 in writing and 18 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 focused 1: 1 interventions and group interventions with a TA or teacher.

What effect the expenditure had on the attainment of students for whom it was allocated?

Reading

  • By the end of Year 7 96% of pupils were working at the expected standard.
  • Out of the pupils that did not achieve the expected standard at KS2 80% of the pupils made the expected amount of progress and 40% of the pupils made more than expected progress during Year 7.

Writing

  • By the end of Year 7 90% of pupils were working at the expected standard.
  • Out of the pupils that did not achieve the expected standard at KS2 100% of the pupils made the expected amount of progress and 89% of the pupils made more than expected progress during Year 7.

Maths

  • By the end of Year 7 99% of pupils were working at the expected standard.
  • Out of the pupils that did not achieve the expected standard at KS2 100% of the pupils made the expected amount of progress and 94% of the pupils made more than expected progress during Year 7.

 Year 7 Catch up funding 2017-2018

This academic year the school will receive the same amount as in 2016-17 for Year 7 catch up funding.

Plans were put in place in July 2017 to enable Year 7 classes, in Maths, to be taught in smaller groups, increasing them from 3 classes to 4.  This required timetable changes and funding of an additional teacher.  The catch up funding, in part, will fund this. It is hoped that smaller classes will help support pupils progress in these areas where closer support is required.

In addition to this each of the English and Maths classes will have a teaching assistant supporting them.

The funding will also be used to provide focused interventions for groups and individuals.

Detailed analysis of the impact will be published in July 2018.