At Shuttleworth College we recognise the importance of ensuring all students make expected levels of progress.
This is achieved through a number of different strategies and is funded through a number of different channels; one of which is ‘Catch Up Funding’. There is often a link between catch up and Pupil Premium funding as a high proportion of students fall into both categories.
The aim of catch up funding is to help schools to minimise the gap between students eligible for funding and their peers. It also assists in removing the barrier that literacy and/or numeracy creates for these students which could otherwise prevent them from properly accessing the wider curriculum around school.
A large portion of our funding is spent on literacy & numeracy catch-up.
Year 7 are asked to complete a Literacy Passport over the summer holidays, encouraging them to maintain their literacy skills over the long summer break. The Literacy Passport also promotes links with local libraries which we hope will continue throughout students’ school lives at Shuttleworth College and beyond. Year 7 enjoy weekly English lessons scheduled in the library to help improve students’ reading stamina. Students complete a range of engaging activities in the library including accessing a personalised reading package called Accelerated Reader. Students who haven’t reached the national standard for English at Key Stage 2 will also receive additional support tailored to their individual needs which helps to bridge the gap between primary and secondary school.
Across the whole curriculum, aspects of numeracy are needed in a variety of subjects such as Science, Geography and Technology. The mathematics faculty work hard to ensure that these aspects of numeracy are taught consistently across all areas of the school. For Year 7 students who were initially identified as having a scaled score from primary school of below 90 for mathematics will take part in our Passport Maths scheme. This provides an additional 2 hours per week of targeted intervention following a programme of skill builder activities/ specific teaching and focussed learning for students in Years 7 and 8. Their progress is measured via online assessments at the end of each topic. Students whose numeracy skills and Key Stage 2 results mean they require additional support also follow a slightly different timetable which means that that they can practice their numeracy in form time lead by a specialist Maths teacher.
Review of Catch up Funding Strategy 2017-18
|Numeracy: Precision Teaching
|To identify missing key numeracy skills and narrow the gap between vulnerable and non-vulnerable groups.||63% of students in vulnerable groups with missing key numeracy skills improved to be on or above target by the end of the academic year.|
|Read to Achieve combined with Lexia (9 months of study)
|To increase students’ reading ages to be in line with or above their chronological age and narrow the gap between vulnerable and non-vulnerable groups.||The programme was accessed by most vulnerable students with lower prior attainment. In Year 7 students’ reading ages progressed by 21.8 months and in Year 8 students’ reading ages progressed by 26.7 months|
|Lexia (9 months of study||To increase students’ reading ages to be in line with or above their chronological age and narrow the gap between vulnerable and non-vulnerable groups.||In Year 7, students’ reading ages progressed by 28.1 months
In Year 8, students’ reading ages progressed by 22.7 months
In Year 9, students’ reading ages progressed by 30.3 months
In Year 10, students’ reading ages progressed by 28.2 months
|Literacy form for Year 11||To identify and address barriers to learning to increase engagement in lessons and narrow the gap between vulnerable and non-vulnerable groups.||Year 11 students’ revision activities impacted positively upon performance in exams; key vulnerable students moved from grade 3s in mocks to 4s in the terminal exams.|
|To provide an effective intervention for weak readers and encourage independent reading skills.||At the end of 2017/18, students on average made progress to bring their reading age in line with their chronological age.
|To identify and address barriers to learning to increase engagement in lessons and narrow the gap between vulnerable and non-vulnerable groups.||The gap of numbers of instances of lack of engagement between vulnerable and non-vulnerable students reduced significantly with each term.|
|Small groups with TA support||To support weaker learners to develop independence and literacy/numeracy skills. To raise self-esteem for students who find it challenging to work in a large group.||The majority of vulnerable students met or exceeded their numeracy targets by the end of Year 7, whilst, on average, students equated their reading ages and normal ages, progressing almost two years in reading age.|
What is Catch Up Funding?
Catch up funding is a one off payment from the Department For Education which provides additional funding to support pupils.
Who is eligible for Catch Up Funding?
Catch up funding is received for all pupils who did not achieve national standards in Maths and/or English at the end of Key Stage 2.