Date of Report 11th September 2018
Report Author Jennifer Bruce – Acting Assistant Headteacher


What is Year 7 Catch-Up Funding?
The literacy and numeracy catch-up funding is designed to target and support students in Year 7.

In 2016 the eligibility criteria for catch up funding changed to reflect the changes to end of KS2 assessments. Students are now eligible for catch up funding if they scored less than 100 in Reading and or Maths.

The aim is to accelerate progress so that students catch up with the attainment of their peers.


Leadership of Catch-Up Funding
2018/2019 – Jennifer Bruce, Acting Assistant Headteacher oversees Key Stage 3 and monitors the impact of this work. Sarah Dunston, SENCO liaises directly with staff to reintegrate them into the full curriculum.

The delivery model for the Nurture Group changed in 2017/2018 with specialist staffing provided by English and Maths. Craig Orwin, Curriculum Leader Maths and Heather Walls, Curriculum Leader English, oversee this provision for their respective areas.

All of this work is overseen by the Leadership Committee of our Governing Body who hold us to account throughout the year.


Objectives of Year 7 Catch up Funding 2017 / 2018
We have identified the following barriers to the progress of these students:

·         Self-esteem

·         Weakness in reading ages

·         Presentation

·         Number bonds

Our objective is to overcome these barriers through …

·         To target curriculum and nurture provision to close the attainment gap and raise self-esteem and aspirations

·         To close the attainment gap by providing intensive literacy and numeracy support

·         To support staff to implement strategies to identify and target intervention to support quality first teaching


Funding received 2017/2018
Number of students who are not secondary ready in English (based on KS2 SATS) 51
Number of students who are not secondary ready in Maths (based on KS2 SATS) 45
Number of students who are not secondary ready in either English or Maths (based on KS2 SATS) 96
Total Catch-Up allocation 2016/2017 £11,202


Summary of Spending 2017 / 2018
Focus Spend
Nurture Group for 10 students with weak literacy and numeracy and low self esteem £8000
1:1 Intervention support for not secondary ready students not in the Nurture Group £3000
Total spend £11,000


Impact of work 2017 / 2018  
  September 2016 July 2017 – Made Expected Progress in English and Maths
Scaled score 99 or below English 51 students 86% of students made progress in English
Scaled score of 99 or below in Maths45  students 96% of students made progress in Maths.

Students in Nurture Group

English – Not Secondary Ready  13 students 100% of students made progress in English.
Maths – Not Secondary Ready 13 students 92% of students have made Expected Progress in Maths


Implications for work in 2018/19
The restructuring of the Nurture Group and the revised curriculum offer in Maths and English has ensured that a greater percentage of students have made progress in these subjects. This has supported students re-entering the curriculum with their peers. Staff are aware of students’ abilities and continue to plan for this in order to support learning and progress. Staff expertise has been refocussed to ensure quality first teaching.

The college will continue this work into 2018 / 2019, with specialist staffing in the Nurture Group, planned interventions and monitoring of students who are not secondary ready. Additionally, this will continue into Year 8.

Based on college self-evaluation and findings of our KS3 Learning Study we have refined our practice to include the following for Year 7:-

* Accelerated Reading Programme
* Testing of both reading and spelling age with associated interventions
* Numeracy Nailed and Success in Arithmetic
* External testing in English
* HLTA staffing – literacy and numeracy focus