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Year 7 Catch-up funding

Our approach is to use the Catch-up funding is based on the research and advice from HM Government:

The DFE provides additional funding to schools for each Year 7 student who has not achieved a scale score of 100 in reading and/or Maths at Key Stage 2. All state-funded schools receive funding for each Year 7 student who had not achieved a score of at least 100 in reading and/or Maths at Key Stage 2. This funding is not ring-fenced, however there is an expectation that students are given the support required to ensure they are more likely to succeed ‘at secondary school’.

Below is a summary of:

  • Our funding allocation for the current academic year
  • Details of how we intend to spend our allocation
  • Details of how we spent our previous year’s allocation
  • How last year’s allocation made a difference to the attainment of the pupils who benefit from the funding.

2020-21 Year 7 Catch-up - £26,000 allocated

 

Action Detail
Hackney Literacy Project 17 pupils to receive this intervention which focuses on improving reading and comprehension skills using the principals of reciprocal reading. Taught in four one hourly lessons per week for the duration of Year 7
Reading 12 students receiving one to one 20 minute reading sessions with trained LSAs. Three 20 minute sessions per week.
Cued Spelling

20 students are receiving “Cued spelling” as a literacy intervention consisting of 15 minute sessions weekly.
Speech and Language 5 students receiving Speech and Language Therapy with a trained LSA following programmes devised by a Speech and Language Therapist
Additional Numeracy 5 students are receiving additional numeracy with a focus on number bonds, times tables and calculations. Two 30 minute sessions per week.

2019-2020 Year 7 Catch-up - £23,000 received

 

Action (cost) Detail Outcome

Additional numeracy

(£3500)




5 students received additional numeracy. This was delivered in groups as 30 minutes sessions during form time once a week.
  • As a result of School Closure due to COVID-19, comparative data could not be collected.
  • However, students demonstrated an increased knowledge in basic Maths skills which led to an increase in confidence with the subject.

Cued spelling

(£3500)


33 students received “Cued spelling” as a literacy intervention consisting of 1 hour per week in groups of 3.
  • As a result of School Closure due to COVID-19, comparative data could not be collected.
  • However, students demonstrated an increase in the number of high frequency words being spelt correctly. Development of strategies for remembering the spellings of tricky words.

Speech and Language Therapy

(£500)


1 student received Speech and Language Therapy.
  • As a result of School Closure due to COVID-19, comparative data could not be collected.
  • However, students demonstrated further development of expressive and receptive language skills.

Reading

(£4500)


14 students received 1:1 reading sessions 4 days a week during form time.
  • As a result of School Closure due to COVID-19, comparative data could not be collected.
  • However, students demonstrated an increased engagement and confidence with reading.

Literacy Intervention

(£3500)


12 students received additional literacy in small groups 2 periods per week.
  • As a result of School Closure due to COVID-19, comparative data could not be collected.
  • However, students demonstrated an increase in the number of high frequency words being read and spelt correctly. Greater comprehension skills.

Specialist Literacy and Numeracy lessons

(£7500)

 



18 students received specialist SEN teaching in Literacy and Numeracy delivered by the SENCO.
  • As a result of School Closure due to COVID-19, comparative data could not be collected.
  • However, all students were making progress towards closing the gaps in their understanding of these subjects.