Year 7 Catch Up Funding
The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides schools with additional funding for Year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least a level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2. It is provided to all state-funded schools with a Year 7 cohort.
The purpose of the funding is to ensure that any pupils not meeting the “National Standard” by the end of Year 6 are enabled to make improved progress at the start of Year 7 and reach the expected standard as quickly as possible.
The funding for 2015-16 is £4,500.
In 2014- 15 Gamlingay Village College was granted £7000 in Catch up premium funding. The money was spent on:
Additional resources for use by pupils at home and in school
Specialist Maths and English teachers to provide whole class teaching and targeted support in small group interventions
Additional support of Teaching Assistants to work with specifically targeted pupils
CPD / Consultancy for Mathematics staff on strategies for raising achievement.
Online resources for pupils to use at home and school to support improvements in English and Mathematics.
By the end of the 2014-15 academic year all pupils in Year 7 had reached the required national standard In English and all bar two pupils had reached the national standard in mathematics.
In 2015-16 the money allocated for catch up funding will be entirely devolved into specialist intervention groups in English and Maths. Year 7 will be taught as a single group in all other subjects. In English and Maths small group teaching will encourage pupils to make rapid progress in catching up with the national standard and then working towards achieving in line with their peers.
This strategy is on track to be a successful with one pupil (who was previously below the expected standard) already having reached the appropriate level in Maths and a further 3 pupils have reached the expected standard in Writing.