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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

Total funding in 2017/18 £8,589


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 at least 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.