Literacy & Numeracy Catch Up Premium

THE LITERACY AND NUMERACY CATCH UP PREMIUM REPORT AND STRATEGY 2017-18

The government has made a commitment to provide additional funding to schools for each Year 7 student who did not achieve the expected standard in reading and/or mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2.

In the academic year 2016-17, schools received and additional premium of £500 per Year 7 student who did not reach the expected standard in reading and/or mathematics at the end of Year 6.

This money is used by schools to resource and devise support programmes that are specifically designed to enhance literacy and numeracy for those students who are below the expected level. These programmes help to ensure that students are able to ‘catch-up’ with the core skills of reading and/or mathematics and can in turn access the secondary school curriculum more successfully.

The Charles Dickens School (CDS) joined Barton Court Academy Trust on 1 March 2017. The current literacy and numeracy catch-up premium allocation for the academic year 2017/18 is £21,500. This will be spent on the following provision:

Action - Literacy

Objective

Secondary Ready Curriculum

 

Appointment of a Secondary Ready Coordinator

 

The curriculum has been restructured to enable those pupils who did not secure level 3b or higher in English and/or math to have timetabled extra literacy & numeracy support lessons. Students in this group now access 15 extra hours of English and maths teaching per fortnight in small groups. This small group allows intensive and extended support to meet the needs of these pupils, ensuring that their core skills (which underpin the rest of the curriculum) are developed.

To that end specialist key skills staff have been employed and are utilized in delivering this curriculum.

The employment of two TA’s to support the Secondary Ready classes and to provide small group and individual catch-up literacy withdrawal sessions

To promote and support the faster progress in literacy, reading and spelling of identified catch-up students.

Appointment of a Whole School Literacy Coordinator

To promote the teaching of literacy across the curriculum, focussing in particular on supporting L3 students through transition from Year 6 into Year 7 and the progress of the “Secondary Ready” students

Accelerated reader with Year 7 and 8. 

To foster and encourage the skill of reading. To provide an analysis of students’ reading ability and understand the aspects of their reading ability that needs support.

Year 7 – 10 diagnostic screening and assessment (NGRT) Autumn Term 2017

All diagnostic testing provided us with an accurate baseline for individual needs and also highlighted issues not apparent from the Key Stage 2 results

The expansion of a homework support club. 

To provide an environment where targeted students have support accessing homework, they receive help creating a better standard of homework and are able to ask for advice from teachers outside of lesson time.

 

Action - Numeracy

Objective

Secondary Ready Curriculum – as above

As above

 

Appointment of a Whole School Numeracy Coordinator

To promote the teaching of numeracy across the curriculum, focussing in particular on supporting L3 students through transition from Year 6 into Year 7 and the progress of the “Secondary Ready” students

To continue to purchase relevant numeracy resources

To promote a wide range of appropriate resources.

The expansion of a homework support club. 

To provide an environment where targeted students have support accessing homework, they receive help creating a better standard of homework and are able to ask for advice from teachers outside of lesson time.

Year 7 form time activities with MyMaths

To provide individual support and feedback