Year 7 Catchup Premium
Catch Up Premium 2016-17 and 2017-18
Impact of Actions
We target the catch-up premium at high level personalised interventions that are run on a termly cycle through our Success Centre. The bespoke program in the Success Centre (incorporating the use of Lexia and Accelerated Reader as tools within it) enabled targeted learners to make accelerated progress an average of:
19 months progress in one term in reading and
13 months in spelling over the same period.
In addition to final examinations the impact of the catch-up premium is tracked every half term from a variety of quantitative and qualitative sources including:
- Internal academic data tracking including the success of intervention programmes every half term
- Engagement in after school interventions, clubs and trips
- Tracking attendance
- Participation of disadvantaged students in leadership programmes and in all student voice consultations
- Through Governor’s meetings, education advisor days and OAT scrutiny
- Through Principal’s reviews
Each year we review our impact and use this to inform our future plans.
How we use your Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium
Specialist staff at Venture identify pupils who need extra support from the year 7 catch-up premium, so we can decide the best way to use the funding, evidence collected from Primary data relating to key stage 2 tests supports the identification process.
The intervention provided is based on some individual tuition but predominantly intensive small-group tuition within our Success Centre which focuses on Literacy and the Master Maths Centre. The specialist intervention rooms are staffed by Senior Support Staff; their salaries are supported by not fully funded through this funding as we have many other students who also benefit from this intervention. Small resource budgets are managed within the departments and the software used in the Success Centre (Lexia) is funded with Catch-up funding.
Venture’s personalised approach to learning ensures that all students are effectively supported and challenged to make progress. The Success Centre provides literacy support for students predominantly at Key Stage 3. With two full time staff members the Success Centre focuses on intervention and in class support using a range of strategies.
Underachievement in reading and spelling is additionally tackled effectively through a range of initiatives at Venture including:
- enabling small Personalised Learning Groups with a focus on reading and spelling for a morning a week culminating in rewards for the highest scoring group and a high praise culture for individuals
- focused summer school provision for students making the transition from Year 6 to Year 7 integrating literacy/numeracy intervention
- targeted use of Accelerated Reader
The Master Maths Centre is aimed at raising students’ attainment in Mathematics and specialises in boosting progress with a personalised programme of intervention. Based in a dedicated specialist area the highly skilled staff work with small numbers of students at a time – ensuring that the students can move forward in the subject in a supportive and nurturing environment. This programme has been highly successful; pupils selected have caught up, making on average, 2 sublevels of progress within a term.
With the challenges faced within the new curriculum and literacy barriers in examination success, boosting the progress of our pupils ensures they are equipped to achieve highly throughout their Academy life and beyond.
Our aims for this academic year are as follows:
Allocations for the financial year 2017 to 2018
In 2017 to 2018, the EFA will allocate funding to schools and academies on the basis that they receive the same overall amount of year 7 catch-up premium funding they received in 2016 to 2017. This will be adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their year 7 cohort, based on the October 2017 census.
At Venture there has been a marginal increase in the number or students which is reflected in the estimated funding figure. Funding will be received by the academy on the 1st March 2018.