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 £13,000 in 2017/18 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
- Holistic Baking Interventions
- Teacher Intervention – training course (specifically phonics) for Year 6 teacher
Associated cost: £9,500
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.
Associated cost: £3,500
The impact of interventions are tracked through the three assessment windows throughout the year. Intervention groups are reviewed termly and changed accordingly.
The transition week enables pupils to settle into learning when they start in year 7, which has traditionally been a challenge for a number of our pupils. This readiness to learn can have the biggest impact in terms of progression in Literacy and Numeracy.
The quality of teaching and learning at the end of KS2 will be enhanced (Literacy and Numeracy training).
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.
A confidence questionnaire will be shared with Year 6 pupils prior to and after transition week events to measure the impact in relation to the school’s Emotional Well-Being (EWB) measures.