The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).
At Maplewell the large majority, if not all, of our students in year 7 have not achieved the expected standards in reading or maths at the end of KS2 due to their moderate learning difficulties.
When evaluating the impact of the premium we therefore consider not only academic progress but also the development of softer skills such as resilience and independent working which have a massive impact upon pupil progress throughout Key Stages 3 and 4.
For the financial year 2015 to 2016 the school received £10,000 of Year 7 Catch-Up funding. For the financial year 2016 to 2017 the school received £15,714
Last year we were able to offer an increased focus on high quality teaching and learning with the detailed introduction of DIRT (Directed Improvement and Reflection Time) as a form of student feedback. In addition to this direct impact on teaching and learning we were able to offer an inspirational maths day at the King Power Stadium, home of Premier League Champions LCFC, which provided context based learning for maths as well as an opportunity to develop skills such as teamwork, communication and independence.
This year we will utilise the year 7 catch-up funding in a variety of ways in order to support the progress in both English and maths. We will continue with the proven strategies, interventions and systems in place but also:
- Increase the provision on the after school tuition timetable for year 7s
- Implementation of Literacy across the Curriculum Policy
- Residential trip to Walesby
- Utilise our Home School Link Workers to develop parent partnerships
- Subsidised residential and after school club places
- Student Wellbeing Events
- Utilise our K5 Young leaders in maths and English.
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