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 2017-18, 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. In deciding how we spend the Year 7 Catch-Up Fund, we recognise that not all students have KS2 data and there will be cases where some students currently in Year 7 are not yet working at age related expectations it should be noted we do not directly receive funding for these students from this fund. All students will benefit from these intervention if required regardless of their funded status.
Outwood Academy Portland received £19087 for 2017-18. We strive to attain outstanding standards and ensure inclusion and equal access to all learners. A wide range of provision and intervention strategies are offered to enable learners to engage in learning and reach their potential. In 2017-2018 51 students were eligible for additional support from Year 7 Catch Up funding.
For literacy intervention students were identified as not meeting the expected standard for reading. Following intervention improvements were seen. Further intervention has been immediately put in place for students who did not make expected progress which will continue throughout year 8.
In numeracy small group support and in class support was offered to all year 7 students. Interventions included Hegarty Maths, Numeracy Ninjas and Maths Peer Mentors. Moving forward we will be using the Star Maths test to identify students for group and 1:1 interventions. Next year for years 7 and 8 the interventions will continue with additional packages including Numicon and Times Tables Rockstars. We will continue to rigorously track and monitor students through Praising Stars and termly testing.
The academy has received Year 7 Catch-Up Funding of £20625 during the current academic year. The funding will be used to provide a range of small group work and 1 to 1 interventions consisting of:
Each term there will be a Numeracy & Literacy awards ceremony for both Year 7 and Year 8, where student progress will be celebrated and students will be provided with information about how much progress they have made which they can share with their parents/carers.
The internal reporting Praising Stars© system is always used to assess students’ progress throughout the year 39 students qualified for Catch Up support. Many of the 39 students were well below the Average Scaled Score in Reading and particularly in Mathematics at KS2. The latest Praising Stars Report shows that Progress 8 is predicated to be +0.96. This demonstrates that the interventions being implemented are having an impact and is enabling learners to Catch Up with their peers.