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Catch up Funding 2017/2018 

In 2017/18 the catch up funding has a wider focus on both numeracy and lieracy over the academic year to rapidly accelerate literacy and numeracy levels that provide a strong foundation for their year 8 studies where, as a United Learning academy, we aspire for all students to reach age related expectations and be within 6 months of their chronological reading age.

Low liertacy levels on entry to the school remain a challenge.  43% of students (111) in our current year 7 have been tested as below the benchmark for reading (according to Accelerated Reader scores achieved in June-September 17, NRSS score of 95+). We will continue to use effective and targeted catch up intervention in literacy to ensure that this percentage again reduces significantly in the year 2017-18. We predict that by the end of the academic year, 80% of the current year 7 will be at ARE for reading, according to their NRSS score. 

We intend to use our below level 4 funding of £64,900 to support the following provision which totals £74,293:

Overstaffing in English and Maths to provide increased capacity in classrooms £10,000
Literacy intervention £22,243
HLTA/TA in Class Support (NWS/GTE/DCS) £12,615
Full time reading catch-up assistance £17,245
Accelerated reader programme £1,800 (Only year 7)
Lexia Programme £6,850 (Over 3 years)
Continued Inference training £1,300
Literacy resources funding £2,000

Parent intervention & support days

£240

Please click here for our draft plan that encompasses the below level 4 funding into a wider two year plan that seeks to achieve our high aspirations above.

Please click here for our literacy plan that compliments the below level 4 plan above

Catch up Funding 2016/2017

In 2016/2017 the catch up funding has a heavy focus on literacy and reading as we believe this core skill effects all learning.  It is allocated as follows:

Specialist Literacy Teachers £36,804
HLTA Specialist Literacy Leaders £17,503
HLTA/TA in Class Support (NWS/GTE/DCS) £9,555
In class reading support £5,471
Full time reading catch-up assistance £15,635
Accelerated reader programme £1,800 (Only year 7)
Lexia Programme £6,850 (Over 3 years)
Inference training £1,300
Literacy resources funding £2,000

Parent intervention & support days

£240


Of the 48% of students (134) who entered the school below the benchmark for reading (according to Accelerated Reader scores achieved in June 16), we expect to see this percentage reduced significantly as a result of catch up intervention in 2016-2107.

We are also using Hegarty Maths as a tool to improve numeracy skills through independent learning that supports in class Maths tuition. 

Outcomes July 2017 

Students in our current year 7 (July 2017) have received intervention to support with reading since September 2016 if they were assessed as below the benchmark score of 95 (NRSS scores) on STAR Reader tests (either at entry, December 2016 or March 2017)

As a result of the reading catch up and intervention, students have made significant progress. 70% of the year group are now at Age Related Expectations (having achieved the STAR reader score of 95+) by the end of the academic year. Student-level data is available in school. 

We will continue to provide support to students in the current year 7 who have not yet met ARE when they are in year 8.  

Both English and Maths show strong progress from starting points that were below level 4 on entry to the end of the academic year:

English:  Teacher assessments indicate 69% of students reached age related expectations by July 2017 from an entry of 47% ARE

Maths:  Teacher assessments indicate 71% of students reached age related expectations by July 2017 from an entry of 46% ARE

 

* The higher funding was applied due to no SAT information being verified from a main feeder school due to maladministration.