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 2018-19
|Precision Teaching – Numeracy
|Identify missing key numeracy skills and narrow the gap of vulnerable groups.||LHN|
|Lexia – studied for 10 months||Increase students’ reading ages at least in line with chronological age or better and narrow the gap for vulnerable groups.||Y7 – students’ reading ages progressed by 26.1 months
Y8 – students’ reading ages progressed by 10.1 months
Y9 – students’ reading ages progressed by 13.1 months
Y10 – students’ reading ages progressed by 13 months
|Literacy form (11)||Identify and address barriers to learning to increase engagement in lessons and narrow the gap for vulnerable students.||Y11 students’ revision activities impacted positively upon performance in exams; key PP 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 2018-19 students on average made progress to bring their reading age in line with their chronological age.
|Identify and address barriers to learning to increase engagement in lessons and narrow the gap for vulnerable students.||SSR|
|Small groups with TA support||Support weaker learners to develop independence and literacy/numeracy skills. Raise self-esteem for students who find it challenging to work in a large group.||SSR|
Catch up Funding Strategy 2019-20 – Literacy
|Lexia||Increase students’ reading ages at least in line with chronological age or better and narrow the gap for vulnerable groups.|
|Literacy form (11)||Identify and address barriers to learning to increase engagement in lessons and narrow the gap for vulnerable students.|
|To provide an effective intervention for weak readers and encourage independent reading skills.|
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.