The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).
Cramlington Learning Village is committed to ensuring a smooth transfer and transition from primary to secondary school. We work closely with our primary partners to ensure that students joining us in the Junior Learning Village are ‘secondary ready’ both academically and socially.
We will use this premium to provide strategies and interventions which are specifically aimed aimed at pupils who are behind in literacy and numeracy.
The Catch Up Programme
CLV is in receipt of £15,500 p.a. for Catch Up Support for 2017-18.
Spending is as follows throughout the year:
- Specialists Staffing of Secure Literacy and Numeracy classes for lowest attaining pupils
- Partial funding of Lexia programme (literacy)
- Partial funding of MathsWhizz programme (numeracy)
- Training and Delivery of Lexonic programme for Specialist Staff
- Partial funding of Accelerated Reader programme
- Partial funding for Woodhorn Writers Project for low attaining pupils
- Partial funding of English Transition Project across all 7 Primary Feeder Schools
- Partial funding of the Maths Mastery Programme
Phase 1 – Transition to CLV
- Catch up students are invited to our Literacy Summer School which takes place in one week throughout summer holidays staffed by English department staff. This experience is continued throughout the autumn break and later in spring.
- English Transition Project. During the summer term all feeder primary schools participate in a carefully organised reading and extended writing project centred around the novel, “An unforgotten coat”.
Phase 2 – Whole School Provision
- Pupils are grouped into classes called “SECURE Literacy and Numeracy”. These small nurturing classes occupy 2 hours per week usually with 1 specialist teacher and support from Teaching Assistants. There are 28 pupils across 4 classes in Y7 2017/18.
- Pupils remain in these groups throughout the academic year. The curriculum is personalised to the student – often using Lexia programme or MathsWhizz to target specific skills combined with practise of core skills with a clear emphasis on reading aloud to staff.
Phase 3 – Tailored Provision
Readers are also supported in the following ways:
- TOE by TOE sessions
- Morning Reading Sessions
- Reading lessons in English where pupils read aloud to staff
- 1-2-1 Reading with Senior Staff
- Lexia tuition programme – each week Catch Up Pupils complete at least 60 minutes of additional Lexia tuition in addition to the normal school day
Mathematicians are also supported in the following ways:
- Maths Whizz tuition programme – each week Catch Up Pupils complete at least 60 minutes of additional Lexia tuition in addition to the normal school day
- Maths Club
- Specialised Homework Club
Phase 4 – Individual Provision
- When Year 11 have left school Catch Up provision once again focuses on small 1-2-1 and group work with even more English and Maths Staff working closely with pupils in Y7 to work on the skills required for the next stages of school. Each year this strategy continues to have lasting impact on developing writing skills and helps to secure pupil attainment in English and Maths.
Impact of Catch-up Funding
By July 2018:
In English 98% of Catch Up Students were “On Track” to achieve their end of year target. 38% were judged to have exceeded their end of year target in English.
65% of Catch Up students made over 1 year progress in reading age.
In Maths 90% of Catch up Students were “On Track” to achieve their end of year target. 16% were judged to have exceeded their end of year target in Maths.
Student progress is quality assured through internal assessment procedures followed by moderation and scrutiny, using clear criteria for grading.