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Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium explained

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2).

During the Year 2015-16, pupils who did not achieve a Level 4 in their KS2 SAT exams were then supported by a catch up programme in the subject(s) where they did not achieve this level.

In Literacy, 25% of the pupils receiving intervention achieved a level 4 following a period of intervention.

In Numeracy, 62% achieved a level 4 following a period of intervention.


From 2016 onwards, the government have changed the assessment format.

2016 scaled scores DFE (2016) (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/scaled-scores-at-key-stage-2)

The national curriculum tests at the end of key stage 2 (KS2) (often referred to as SATs) are administered in mathematics, English reading and English grammar punctuation and spelling.

We have used scaled scores to report the results of these tests in 2016.


What is a scaled score?

A pupil’s scaled score is based on their raw score. The raw score is the total number of marks a pupil scores in a test, based on the number of questions they answered correctly.


Range of scaled scores

The range of scaled scores available for each KS2 test is the same and will stay the same in future years:

  • 80 is the lowest scaled score that can be awarded
  • 120 is the highest scaled score

A pupil awarded a scaled score of 100 or more has met the expected standard in each test.

A pupil awarded a scaled score of 99 or less has not met the expected standard in the test.

(As tests and teacher assessment (TA) are different forms of assessment, they do not report using the same scale. As a result, there are no scaled score equivalents to the TA concepts of ‘working towards the expected standard’ or ‘working at greater depth within the expected standard’.)

In the 2015-16 period, Holy Family Catholic High School received £11,000 to support this initiative.

This funding was used to support students with the following interventions:


1. Maths Catch - up.

Success @ Arithmatic.

Success@Arithmetic aims to raise the attainment of learners in upper Key Stage 2 and in Key Stage 3 who have difficulties with arithmetic. It helps them to move from about Level 3C towards Level 4. A specially trained Lead Teacher makes a detailed assessment of each learner’s needs and then selects appropriate ‘Succes@Arithmetic steps’ to build a pathway to confidence in calculation. A teaching assistant or a teacher implements the steps with a small group of up to 3 children. The children also continue to follow their normal mathematics lessons.

Success@Arithmetic aims to build learners’ confidence in calculation. Teaching assistants help them to think and talk about their calculation methods and strategies. They adapt the activities so that the learners are challenged and can succeed.

This is currently delivered by an HLTA trained in delivering this intervention and supported by the Maths Department. Students who achieved a Level 3 in Maths access this on a 2:1 or similar small ratio basis.


First class @ number

For students working at Level 2 and below, they follow 'First class @ number'.

1stClass@Number comes ready-made with detailed session guidance and extensive resources. A specially trained teaching assistant delivers 30 half-hour sessions to a group of up to four children, for 12-15 weeks. The children continue to take part in their normal class mathematics lessons.

The lessons focus on number and calculation, developing children’s mathematical understanding, communication and reasoning skills.  A Post Office theme runs throughout, engaging children in real life contexts that are both stimulating and fun. Each topic starts with a simple assessment that helps the teaching assistant to tailor sessions to the children’s needs.

This is currently delivered by an HLTA or GTA trained in delivering this intervention and supported by the Maths Department. Students who achieved a Level 2 or below in Maths access this on a 1:1 basis.

In addition, catch-up premium funding is also used to support reduced class sizes for the children working at lower levels and also to provide these classes with Teaching Assistant support.


2. Literacy Catch - up.

Ruth Miskin.

Read Write Inc. Literacy and Language focuses on key skills learned during Years 2 to 6 which develops children’s comprehension, writing and spoken language.

  • Uses a unique layered approach to build children's comprehension and writing.
  • Teaches grammar in context, with a comprehensive grammar bank to build your knowledge.
  • Engages children and develops their vocabulary using drama and discussion.
  • Prepares children for the 2016 National Curriculum Tests using new Progress Tests.

This is delivered by an HLTA trained in this intervention and supported by the English Department. Students access this in a small group setting.


Reading Club.

Reading Club takes place three mornings a week for 15 minutes. - Morning 1 involves student lead paired reading, morning 2 group reading, morning 3 Literacy Games.

In addition, catch-up premium funding is also used to support reduced class sizes for the children working at lower levels and also to provide these classes with Teaching Assistant support.

 

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