Denbigh High School

"High achievement for all is our shared responsibility"

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch up Premium

In 2013 the Government made a commitment to provide annual additional educational funding to schools for each Year 7 student who had not achieved the expected standard in mathematics; English reading; and English punctuation, spelling and grammar at Key Stage 2. The information on this page shows how we used this funding in the last academic year, the impact that it has made, and what we plan to do this year.

Key priorities:

  • Our core aim is to accelerate the progress of the students who finished KS2 having not met national expectations
  • We employ early intervention literacy and numeracy strategies to try to help students ‘catch-up’ with national expectations

2016/17 cohort

We identified 112 students who we felt would be eligible for the funding and intervention as follows:

  • 15 students who did not meet expected standards by the end of KS2 in Maths only
  • 30 students who did not meet expected standards by the end of KS2 in English reading only
  • 67 students who did not meet expected standards by the end of KS2 in both

This was a significant increase in the number of students identified from the previous year.  Funding, however, remained the same due to the changes in assessment at KS2.  Funding for all schools was a replication of 2015/16 funding. 

Study Plus

  • Our key intervention strategy is our ‘Study Plus’ group
  • Targeted students in Year 7 have one extra lesson each week of both literacy and numeracy
  • These lessons take place instead of Modern Foreign Languages curriculum time
  • We have made the decision to prioritise this extra literacy and numeracy intervention as we know it will be the key to future success in all other subjects
  • These extra lessons of literacy and numeracy are planned and delivered by two transition specialist teachers, who have huge previous experience of teaching and leading at KS2
  • These lessons are also supported by a Teaching Assistant
  • The study plus cohort in 2016/17 included 33 students

Development and plans for 2017/2018

 

The Government have stated that schools will receive the same amount of funding as they did in 2016/17 – for full details click here

Our plans for funding this year will be largely the same as in 2016/17:

  • To continue with the Study Plus initiative
  • To continue to provide in-class support with a Teaching Assistant
  • To continue to run our literacy and numeracy early intervention programmes led by our Teaching Assistants for targeted students throughout the year.

2017/2018 cohort

We have identified that we have a large cohort of students who we feel would be eligible for this funding based on the new KS2 assessments. The 2017/2018 cohort shows that:

  • There are 85 students who were below national expected standards in English at the end of KS2
  • There are 63 students who were below national expected standards in Mathematics at the end of KS2
  • There are 59 students who were below national expected standards in both at the end of KS2 (these students are included in the figures above).