Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Catch-up Premium

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy ‘Catch up’ Strategy and Funding Report (2017-2018)

  1. How much Catch-up Funding do we receive?

The funding is paid based on financial years, which run from 1st April to 31st March the following year. Since September 2012 OSCA has received £500 for every qualifying student in Year 7. From the academic Year 2016/17 the way this funding was calculated changed. Instead of receiving an amount per student, a funding formula was used which assumed the percentage of Catch-up students would remain the same each year and so changes to funding amounts only reflect overall changes in cohort sizes.

2. How have we used our Catch-up Premium Funding Allocation previously?

We have always directed our Catch-up Premium Funding provision specifically at students with KS2 Levels below the expected standard in English and Maths, however we are aware that this can also have a positive impact on other students with low KS2 scores or weaker Reading Ages.

  1. 2017 – 2018 Report

The 2017-18 Year 7 catch up funding provided schools with funding for each Year 7 student who did not achieve the ‘expected standard’ in Reading and/or Maths at the end of Key Stage 2.

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy was allocated £18000 in funding, in the 2017-2018 academic year, to support the 56 students who met the criteria in either Reading and/or Maths. This funding, as the name suggests, was to help these students to ‘catch up’ with their peers during their first year at the Academy.

The objectives of the funding:

  • To close the attainment gap by providing intensive literacy and numeracy support to students entitled to catch up Premium
  • To raise self-esteem and aspirations of students entitled to Catch up Premium
  • To enhance existing provision
  • To identify concerns and target intervention and support to accelerate progress

 

  1. How we spent the 2017-18 funding:
  • Catch-Up Summer School £4000
    Summer School focused on Literacy and Numeracy Skills before students started as OSCA Year 7 students – 23rd July to 27th August 2018. This also ran last year, and will run again next summer for the new cohort.
  • Accelerated Reading Programme £3000
    This KS3 programme is specifically targeted at Y7 weaker readers and in one library lesson each week, and during English students will read ability appropriate texts, before taking a test to check reading for meaning. The nature of the programme means that all students work their way through it at their own pace and have choices as to which books they read. There is more information available at: http://www.renlearn.co.uk/accelerated-reader/.
  • Classroom Book Boxes £800
    A wide selection of reading books for students with low Reading Ages to support the Accelerated Reading Programme and 10 minutes ERIC time in every English lesson. (Everybody Reading in Class)
  • Printing and Resources to support lessons £4000
    Creative resources to aid differentiation within lessons such as Listening Books, Edusite, My maths, Literacy Planet and further Maths and English peripheral materials such as clock faces and outdoor numeracy equipment.
  • Masterclasses £5000
    Additional small group or 1-1 support focusing on the development of key skills which have previously hindered students’ progress – handwriting, literacy and spelling.
  • Lexia Software and SEN testing packages £600
    Reading software focusing on improving literacy skills, and other packages.
  • A whole school focus on numeracy during tutor time with a focus on problem solving and reasoning
  • Spelling and Hodder tests for all students to identify progress and further need in spelling and key comprehension skills. Tests taken in English lessons (photocopy costs of tests as well as other costs). £500 

  1. Impact of funding (2017-2018)

There has been regular analysis of progress data to ensure the right students are targeted for intervention as well as formative and summative assessments across the academic year.

We determine that a student has ‘caught up’ by monitoring their KS2 question level analysis with updated data. We also monitor how the ‘catch up cohort’ are progressing against their target GCSE flight path:

100% of students are working at or above target grade on their GCSE flightpath

  • 49 Students in English are exceeding their EOY (End of Year 7) target
  • 37 Students in Mathematics are exceeding their EOY (End of Year 7) target
  • 55% of the ‘catch up’ cohort are also Pupil Premium

TOTAL spent: £17900
TOTAL of Y7 CATCH UP PREMIUM: £18,000.00


  1. Planned Expenditure 2018-2019

How many students are eligible for Catch-Up Premium in 2018/19?

In 2018/19 51 students will be eligible to benefit from the Catch Up Premium.
As with last year, students who sat KS2 tests in 2018 no longer receive a National Curriculum Level, but instead received a Standardised Score showing Expected Standard Achieved (Standardised score of 100-120), or Expected Standard Not Achieved (Standardised Score of 80 - 99).
In our current Year 7 cohort of 211 students, currently 199 students have full Key Stage 2 data.

Of these 199 students:
•  43 students (of which 63% are PP) did not reach the expected standard in both Reading and Maths.
• An additional 58 students (33% PP) did not reach the expected standard in Reading.
• An additional 56 students (61% PP) did not reach the expected standard in Maths;

Of these:
• 12 students (50% PP) were either working below the level of the test or received a Standardised Score between 80 – 90 in Reading;
• 8 students (50% PP) were either working below the level of the test or received a Standardised Score between 80 – 90 in Maths.

  1. How do we plan to use our Catch-up Premium Funding Allocation 2018/19?

As with the previous year, the following successful strategies will continue:

  • Catch-Up Summer School £4000
    This also ran last year, and will run again next summer for the new cohort.
  • Accelerated Reading Programme £3000 – renewal of subscription
    This KS3 programme is specifically targeted at Y7 weaker readers and in one library lesson each week, and during English students will read ability appropriate texts, before taking a test to check reading for meaning. The nature of the programme means that all students work their way through it at their own pace and have choices as to which books they read. There is more information available at: http://www.renlearn.co.uk/accelerated-reader/.
  • Classroom Book Boxes – rotation of stock and possible investment in satellite libraries for each department - £1000
    A wide selection of reading books for students with low Reading Ages to support the Accelerated Reading Programme and 10 minutes ERIC time in every English lesson. (Everybody Reading in Class)
  • Printing and Resources to support lessons £2000
    Creative resources to aid differentiation within lessons such as Listening Books, Edusite, My maths, Literacy Planet – renewal of subscriptions
  • Masterclasses £3000
    Additional small group or 1-1 support focusing on the development of key skills which have previously hindered students’ progress – handwriting, literacy and spelling.
  • Lexia Software packages £300 – renewal of subscription
    Reading software focusing on improving literacy skills
  • A whole school focus on numeracy during tutor time with a focus on problem solving and reasoning
  • Spelling and Hodder tests for all students to identify progress and further need in spelling and key comprehension skills. Tests taken in English lessons