Strategy for our 2015 -2016 Literacy and Numeracy ‘Catch –Up Premium’
The literacy and numeracy ‘Catch Up Premium’ provides schools with an additional £500 for each year 7 pupil who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2.
The ‘Catch Up Premium’received for the academic year 2015 – 16 will be allocated in the following ways:
The use of catch- up literacy teachers to work with students on an intensive catch up literacy programme. This programme will provide 1:1 intervention of 1 hour per week or per fortnight providing fourteen sessions initially which can be extended by a further fourteen sessions if necessary. This will enable all students who arrived in Year 7 with a literacy Key Stage 2 level below 4 to benefit from this intensive support. The intervention will focused primarily on reading and comprehension but will also target a student’s individual needs as a result of careful monitoring and liaison with each student’s English teacher.
An intensive catch up maths programme will also be offered to identified students. This will be provided by a teacher from the maths team who will work with small groups of up to 4 students for an hour a week on identified skills which are proving a barrier to their progress in maths. This intensive intervention will last for up to 10 weeks and involve 8 students at any one time.
The assignment of additional adults - Learning Support Assistants and Learning Advocates - to classes with students benefiting from the catch up premium in both English and maths.
The provision of parent workshops to enable parents to help their year 7 child with literacy and numeracy skills.
Reduced class sizes in those sets that contain the students with catch up literacy and numeracy premium, with numbers rarely going above 20 students in these sets.