The Year 7 Catch-Up funding provides additional funding to schools to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2.
Greenacre as a school sets challenging targets for all its pupils including for those pupils at the end of key stage 2. The school supports all pupils to achieve those targets through highly personalised timetables, interventions and tailored support plans accessed by all children who attend the school, in order to make as much progression as is possible across all subject areas.
The school received £13,500 in 2019/20 which was used to support Year 7 pupils.
The majority of this fund is used to support intensive intervention programmes, focusing on developing Literacy and Numeracy skills in small groups. It also funds some of the programmes utilised for interventions, these include:
- Big Maths
- Books Beyond Words
- Active Numeracy Intervention
- Targeted Reading Intervention
- SEMH intervention – identified through EWB measures.
Allocated cost: £9,750
The other key area of spend was the funding of a transition week for pupils moving from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3, this included resident artists and an Around the World in 80 Days themed workshop. Due to the school being closed during this period, this funding was utilised to create teacher capacity to support individual contact for new and transitioning pupils and allow teachers to create an alternative curriculum to reintegrate students in September 2020.
Allocated cost: £3,750
Due to school closures related to Covid 19, there was an underspend in 2019/20 of approximately £5000. This will be carried forward into this academic year to support ongoing intervention to address the impact of school closures on pupil performance. This will contribute to academic interventions and support the additional staffing needs related to delivering an effective reintegration curriculum and supporting students Emotional Wellbeing.
At the end of Year 6 pupils progress is measured and new targets set for the next academic year/Key Stage. This cohort of pupils will have access to the interventions listed above and their progress in Literacy and Numeracy will be measured each term, with additional interventions added if progress needs to be accelerated. This cohort will be larger than usual due to school closures and underspend will be allocated to support the planned interventions as part of the COVID Catch Up Action Plan.
Evidence towards Emotional Well-Being (EWB) measures will be assessed at the same key points as Literacy and Numeracy throughout the academic year with pupils accessing tailored interventions from our SEMH team.