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Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Funding Plan 2019-2020

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve a scaled score of 100 in reading and/or mathematics at the end of key stage 2 (KS2- Primary School).

All state-funded schools with year 7 pupils receive this funding, including:

  • local-authority-maintained schools
  • academies
  • free schools
  • local-authority-maintained special schools
  • special academies
  • special free schools
  • pupil referral units (PRUs)
  • alternative provision (AP) academies
  • AP free schools

The amount of funding that Bluecoat Beechdale Academy will receive this year for the Year 7 catch up program is unknown but will be very similar to the last academic year. We have therefore used the same overall total to give an indication of how we intend to spend this. Pupils who qualify for the funding will be tracked and monitored carefully in an effort to make sure that they catch up in English and Mathematics as quickly as possible so to aid further progression.

The academy plan to use this money for the following projects and interventions:

StrategyCost
Teaching assistant support£14,182
Staff literacy CPL£1,400
Whole class reading books£2,121
Switch on training£600
Switch on books£900
Additional teaching expertise in Maths and English£10,289
Total£29,492

In our Year 7 cohort we have 78 pupils (44%) with a SATs scaled score below 100 in English and 57 pupils (32%) who are below in Maths. We will assess the impact of our intervention on attainment in Literacy and Numeracy using a combination of the following methods:

  • Key Stage 2 tests
  • CATs
  • Internal baseline assessments
  • Class Teacher monitoring
  • Reading and spelling age tests

Teaching assistant support – Small groups of pupils will be withdrawn from 3 lessons per week for a 6 week period to develop their reading and in particular their inference skills.

Staff literacy training – All staff will receive this and apply the knowledge in their teaching and interactions with pupils. This will support pupils in developing their vocabulary, comprehension, oracy and writing.

Whole class reader – All tutor groups in years 7 and 8 will read a book together during form time. The books have been carefully selected to provide interest and develop the cultural capital of pupils.

Switch on – Pupils with very low literacy skills will be withdrawn from tutor time 4 times per week to receive extra literacy intervention. They will read with teaching assistants and the texts read are designed to become progressively more challenging.

Additional teaching in Maths and English – We have created an additional group in these subjects that will be taught by experienced and highly skilled teachers.

Impact of Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Fund 2018-2019

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve a scaled score of 100 in reading and/or mathematics at the end of key stage 2 (KS2 – Primary School). Funding is capped to be equivalent to the amount received in the last academic year.

All state-funded schools with year 7 pupils receive this funding, including:

  • local-authority-maintained schools
  • academies
  • free schools
  • local-authority-maintained special schools
  • special academies
  • special free schools
  • pupil referral units (PRUs)
  • alternative provision (AP) academies
  • AP free schools

Bluecoat Beechdale Academy received £29,492 of Year 7 catch up funding for the 2018 – 19 academic year. Pupils who qualified for the funding were tracked and monitored carefully in an effort to ensure that they caught up in English and Mathematics as quickly as possible so to aid further progression.

In the 2018-19 Year 7 cohort we had 66 pupils (35%) with a SATs scaled score below 100 in English and 64 pupils (34%) who were below in Maths. In addition we had pupils who came to us with no KS2 data and who needed help with literacy, numeracy or both.

The academy plan was to use this money for the following projects and interventions:

StrategyCost
Additional staffing in Maths and English lessons£16,850
CAT tests£1,490
GL assessments£3,480
Literacy Group£7,672
Total£29,492

Pupils were identified through our testing procedure and interventions organised and delivered as a result.

Those pupils with low literacy levels received targeted small group interventions to develop their reading skills and inference. They were withdrawn from mainstream lessons for a 6 week period to work with trained teaching assistants. Of the pupils who participated in the interventions all made at least the expected progress and over a quarter made more than the expected progress.

Last Updated: October 2019

Next Review: September 2020

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