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Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium

Year 7 Catch-Up Premium


The Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium was introduced by the Government in 2013 and the
funds are paid to schools to rapidly raise the levels of achievement for students joining the school in
year 7 who did not reach the level expected for students of their age at Key Stage 2. All Saints’
Academy use the funding to support the needs of the identified students by ensuring that it impacts
on their progress in Literacy and Numeracy and enables them to catch up as quickly as possible.


Funding
Total funding in 2016/17 £9,175
The expected funding for the current Academic Year is £9,000


Students are screened upon entry for Literacy and Numeracy and this data, along with the
information provided by primary schools, is used to identify students who meet the criteria for this
spending. According to need, students will be assigned to Lexia, a Literacy tool designed to revise
and support the teaching of Phonics, and/or Symphony, an online tool designed to support
fundamental elements of Numeracy. Each student in year 7 is also put onto the Accelerated Reader
program which will support the monitoring of students’ reading ages over the course of the year. We
monitor the progress of those students eligible for funding and this is continuously analysed to
ensure that it is having positive impact. If an intervention is not having the desired impact or the
needs of the eligible learners change, we adapt the way in which we support the student.


Expenditure
The Academy SENCO oversees the support and it is led by the specialist Literacy and Numeracy
intervention teachers. Each of these members of staff works with the allocated students to ensure
that they have support tailored to meet their needs, including intervention lessons within the
Academy day as well as the aforementioned online programs, Lexia and Symphony. Two specialist
Teaching Assistants lead after school clubs using learning programmes which target students and
adapt the programme to their individual needs. (£7,000)
The Accelerated Reader programme provides students with improved access to reading books that
they can take home. Reading assessments are carried out which show improvement of average
reading age for students. (£500)


The Assistant Vice Principals responsible for progress in English and Maths are informed of eligible
students and they monitor and work with departmental staff to track progress and ensure students
make expected progress and catch up with their peers by the end of year 7. The Data Manager
organises and presents data by student to ensure eligible students are tracked and monitored to
ensure additional focus and intervention where necessary. (£2,000)


Impact
Lexia – Many EAL students have made outstanding progress using Lexia with significant
improvements in their reading and spelling. Half of the students enlisted for Lexia have progressed
atleast one level of the Lexia programme. Half of the students have made progress with their
attainment levels in English. 77% of the students have made accelerated progress with their reading
which can be seen through the Lexia data. This goes some way towards closing the gap between
their chronological age and their reading age.

Symphony – 92% of students have made progress in maths from their baseline assessments at the
start of the year, their level has improved with 50% making expected progress in maths by the
midway point in the year.
The Accelerated Reader programme measures and assesses the progress and levels of students by
reading age. For the 2016/17 cohort the average improvement was 13 months.