What is the Catch-Up premium?
The Catch-Up premium is an additional grant awarded by the Department for Education (DfE) to secondary schools to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2). The money is to be used by schools to deliver additional tuition or intensive support in small groups, in order to support them so that they may ‘catch-up’ and are more likely to succeed.
For the academic year 2016-17, schools will receive the same amount of year 7 catch-up premium as they did last year (£500 per pupil). The funding will not be ring-fenced for catch-up activities but it is expected that this funding is used for additional literacy and numeracy catch-up during Year 7, as this can make a critical difference to pupils at this important stage.
Here at Light Hall school, we use this money to offer a range of support including:
• Catch-up reading in small intervention groups.
• Accelerated Reader Programme and targeted Lexia intervention.
• 1 to 1 reading support delivered through the ‘Beanstalk’ programme.
• Extra staffing to support pupils in some key lessons.
• A designated member of staff to support homework clubs and liaise between key members of staff (Achievement Manager and Head of Year 7 & Year 7 Pastoral manager).
For further details on the Catch-Up premium for schools, please take a look here
The Catch up Literacy program has been running since the start of the academic year, with interventions taking place either before school, during registration, at break time or after school.
The Literacy support available is varied. Firstly, we have been able to supplement our reading scheme by offering targeted support for Catch Up students thanks to reading helpers from external mentoring company ‘Beanstalk’. The helpers support the students, hearing them read, helping with phonics and developing their comprehension.
Our Accelerated Reading scheme is further bolstered by our Achievement Manager, who not only delivers targeted support within Accelerated Reader lessons but also works with small intervention groups throughout the week in order to best support their progress.
Lexia Form group
Our Lexia Reading program started in October of this academic year and provides further personalised learning on fundamental reading skills. Through this, small groups of students work on their phonics and thereby develop their reading and comprehension.
The numeracy program is led by a qualified maths teacher and former member of staff, through close liaison with the class teacher in order to ensure coverage of key areas. The pupils are supported either by an additional member of staff in the classroom or when appropriate a small group of students working with this additional teacher. Pupils work in small group sizes of 2/3 usually once a week, for one hour per week.
We are also pleased to be able to continue this Numeracy support into Y8, where those students who were eligible in Y7, continue to receive support in small groups.
A number of ‘catch-up’ of students have also been targeted for some extra support with their homework and independent study. Our achievement Manager liaises with the Head of Y7 and the Pastoral manager to ensure that these students are supported with non-completion of homework and thus support their progress.