Catch-up premium is used to raise students’ literacy and numeracy levels. In 2015-2016, the school received £19,000 of catch-up premium.
The strategy for spending is firstly to catch up progress in English. This is carried out in the first term of Year 7. The focus moves to additional mathematics tuition after Christmas so that students’ curriculum entitlement is not affected.
Students have received small-group tuition in English through classes with the Higher-Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA). The impact of the spending is measured through reading and spelling age tests. On average, students’ reading ages increased by 1.5 years and spelling ages by 1.3 years.
This work will continue into Year 8 with the school target to increase reading ages to 13+ to meet the demands of the secondary school curriculum.
Catch-up premium in mathematics is used to create a small tuition group. In 2014-2015, 60% of catch-up students made progress to achieve levels above level 4. 42% of students made more than 2 sub-levels of progress.