The Catch-Up Premium was introduced by the Department for Education in January 2013. The department provides schools with an additional £500 for each student in Year 7 who arrives at the school with a Key Stage 2 level below 4 in English or Maths. Schools are to use this funding to improve levels of literacy and numeracy in this group of students.
In Culcheth High School the Y7 Catch Up premium has been spent in a number of ways, all designed to accelerate and enrich students’ learning. We have a dedicated literacy support coordinator who has produced a comprehensive scheme of work, spanning three years, and who oversees the progress of all students. Quality, individualised teaching and robust programmes of assessment mean that students’ needs are met far more effectively. Students’ learning is supported by a range of specialist classroom resources designed to target specific areas of learning.
Since receiving this money the school has:
- introduced an enhanced programme of literacy support, including an additional two hours of teaching per week, in Years 7, 8 and 9;
- purchased the Accelerated Reader programme to develop the reading skills of students, in Years 7, 8 and 9, more quickly and more effectively;
- purchased the Star Reader programme to test and track students’ reading ages;
- purchased a set of ten iPads to support literacy in the classroom;
- used an online literacy support programme;
- purchased a range of targeted literacy and numeracy resources to support rapid learning;
- significantly increased the stock of books in the school library, specifically with the aim of meeting the requirements of students of all reading ages and interests;
- improved assessment, tracking and monitoring of students by introducing more frequent, targeted activities that are scrutinised to evaluate students’ progress
Impacts of spending:
- students are reading more, and are more enthusiastic about their reading
- Students reading and writing levels are improving
- Students reading ages are improving
- Students are more engaged with reading and writing
- Students are receiving more individual support
- Students have access to higher quality resources that are more targeted to their needs
2012 - 2013 Outline of Spending
In 2012 – 13 the additional literacy support lessons were not in place. Spending focused on out-of-class support in the form of online literacy support, and in-class support in the form of iPads to support learning (these were also purchased in anticipation of the Accelerated Reader programme).
2013 - 2014 Outline of Spending
In the financial year 2013-2014, spending focused on setting up and resourcing the literacy support programme, which started in September 2013. Some funding was directed towards numeracy. A range of reading books and non-fiction books aimed specifically at particular reading ages were purchased. A range of textbooks and other teaching materials were purchased. A range of specifically targeted classroom resources were purchased.
2014 - 2015 Outline of Spending
In the 2014-15 financial year spending focused primarily on maintaining and expanding the Accelerated Reader programme and increasing the breadth and depth of resources available to students to improve levels of engagement and create a richer, more inspiring experience for students.
2015 - 2016 Outline of Spending
In the financial year 2015-2016, Y7 Catch Up funding was primarily spent on two fundamental areas of literacy and numeracy provision: renewing the Accelerated Reading subscription, including Star Reading tests and online book quizzes; and subscribing to a comprehensive package designed to rapidly improve numeracy, from Whizz Education.
2016 - 2017 Spending Forecast
2016-17 opening balance (including ‘carry-over’ from previous years): £22,400
Current spending projections:
- ‘Literacy, numeracy and outdoor activities’ residential courses (£7,000 approx.);
- Literacy textbooks, workbooks and assessment programme (£3,913);
- Staffing (£TBC)
- Accelerated Reader programme (£1,400 approx.)
- Books for the school library, specifically for use with the Accelerated Reader programme (£1,000 approx.):