What is Catch-up Premium funding?
In 2013, the Government made a commitment to provide annual educational funding to schools for each year 7 pupil who had not achieved level 4 in reading and/or mathematics at Key Stage 2.
This additional funding is only allocated during the Y7 academic year. The Catch-up premium funding plan is often inextricably linked with the Pupil premium plan as a high proportion of pupils fall into both categories. The funding should be strategically spent to target the gap in performance for these pupils to ensure they “catch-up” with their peers and have full access to the curriculum.
Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College’s Catch-up Provision 2015-2016
Total number of pupils on roll in Year 7 264
Number of pupils level 3 and below in Reading at the end of KS2 7
Number of pupils level 3 and below in Maths at the end of KS2 7
Number of pupils level 3 and below in Reading and Maths at the end of KS2 18
(32 Catch- up pupils altogether)
Number of Catch-up pupils who are also eligible for the Pupil Premium 19/32 = 59%
Total Catch-up Premium budget: £16,000
Impact of catch up funding in 2015/2016
English across year 7
84 % (21) of cohort made expected progress or beyond by the end of the academic year. 8% (2) are working towards expected progress. (awaiting data from 2 pupils on dual registration).
Mathematics Across year 7
64% (16) of cohort (receiving catch up funding) made expected progress or beyond by the end of the academic year. 28% (7) are working towards expected progress (awaiting data from 2 pupils on dual registration).
NB. Data tracked using gradings recommended by The Lancashire Model
The total amount of the allocated Catch-up Premium was divided equally to provide extra support for children in Literacy and Numeracy. The Numeracy share was allocated entirely to providing small group/individual tuition with a Mathematics specialist. Pupils were allocated up to two additional support lessons on a fortnightly basis to concentrate on Numeracy skills in order to catch up with their peers.
The Literacy share was spent on a range of strategies aimed at strengthening various aspects of English skills. The following support strategies have been used to develop pupil’s skills in Reading, Writing and Spelling:
• Accelerated Reader Programme
• Breakfast Club
• Independent Dyslexia Learning programme
• Handwriting support
Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College’s Catch-up provision 2016-2017
Key stage 2
For 2016, a new set of KS2 national curriculum tests was introduced consisting of:
• English reading: reading booklet and associated answer booklet
• English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: short answer questions
• English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling
• mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
• mathematics Paper 2: reasoning
• mathematics Paper 3: reasoning
2016 scaled scores
Scaled scores are used to report the outcomes of these tests to ensure that accurate comparisons of pupil performance over time can be made. What is a scaled score? A pupil’s scaled score is based on their raw score. The raw score is the total number of marks a pupil scores in a test, based on the number of questions they answered correctly. Tests are developed each year to the same specification, but because the questions must be different, the difficulty of tests may vary slightly each year. This means that the raw scores pupils get in the tests are converted into a scaled score, to ensure that accurate comparisons of pupil performance over time can be made.
A scaled score of 100 will always represent the expected standard on the test. Pupils scoring 100 or more will have met the expected standard on the test. In 2016 panels of teachers set the raw score required to meet the expected standard.
Total no of pupils: 268
Catch-up pupils also eligible for Pupil Premium 59 (59/116 ~ 51% of the Catch-up cohort)
No of pupils <100 Reading and Mathematics: 52 (52/268 = 19.4%)
No of pupils <100 Reading: 25 (25/268 = 9.3%)
No of pupils <100 Mathematics: 39 (39/268 = 14.6%)
Total pupils NOT MET STANDARD in Mathematics: 91/268 ~ 34%
Total pupils NOT MET STANDARDS in Reading: 77/268 ~ 29%
Predicted funding for the year 2016-2017 = £16,000.
NB It is anticipated that the funding for this academic year will be used to provide support for the weakest pupils in the cohort. This support will be reviewed following each data collection point throughout the year.