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). The school has discretion on how to spend the fund to ensure that those students are able to make the necessary progress.
At KS3 we have introduced a number of strategies to support progress within years 7 to 9. Whilst these interventions are put in place to assist all students who need academic support, there is a particular focus on our catch up premium students. In year 7 the catch-up premium has been used to support the interventions below:
- Reading Mentoring
- Progress Passport
- Fresh Start English
- Catch-up Maths
- Primary Transition Programme
- In-class support in English and Maths
- Literacy and numeracy withdrawal work
- Paired reading and handwriting support
- Speech and language therapy
- EAL support for catch up students
The paired reading programme took place over 6 months and involved students reading on average for 30 minutes a week during two tutor times. Catch-up premium students involved on this programme made on average 19 months progress in their reading age.
The Fresh Start English and the Maths catch-up programmes are interventions that focus on raising the achievement of students who are working below the expected standard. Both programmes had success this year, in particular those in English on closing the gap in attainment between catch-up premium students and the rest of the school population.
Sandhurst School has a very comprehensive programme of transition which encourages students from our feeder schools to take part in a variety of activities. They range from the support of Maths and Languages in teaching within the primary schools to a variety of subject based activities and taster sessions at Sandhurst. One of the activities is an Environmental Day which focuses specifically on supporting students who may struggle with the transition from primary to secondary school.
Whilst the criteria for funding has not yet been finalised, the school will continue to identify students whom it feels would need support to meet national expectations. We will continue to use a range of strategies to support these students.
Staffing costs for the English Fresh Start Programme – £31 967
Staffing costs for the Springboard Mathematics Programme – £ 10 164
Staffing costs for the other interventions listed above – £3003