The Department for Education has made a commitment to provide additional funding to schools for each Year 7 pupil who has not achieved level 4 in reading and/or maths at Key Stage 2. Schools will receive an additional premium of £500 for each Year 7 pupil who has not achieved at least level 4 in reading and/or maths (maximum £500 per pupil) at Key Stage 2. The money is to be used by schools to deliver additional tuition or intensive support in small groups, giving pupils valuable support to bring them up to speed so that they are more likely to succeed at secondary school. The funding will not be ring-fenced for catch-up activitiesbut we expect that this funding is used for additional literacy and numeracy catch-up during Year 7 given that this can make a critical difference to pupils at this important stage.
A total of £4,000 was allocated to the School in 2016/17. Five students were eligible to be part of the English programme (5 x £500) and three students were eligible for the Maths support programme (3 x £500).
How the Additional Funding was Spent
The Campion School received £4,000 funding for the implementation of a 'Catch-Up Programme'. The funding was spent on:
- librarian time for reading interventions and promoting reading skills
- support from an English teacher to develop literacy skills with catch-up students
- Teaching Assistant support for students within the intervention, at Maths Club and after-school study support. Support was allocated to Year 7 and 8 comprehension and Year 8 spellings
- Resources to support the learning on literacy and numeracy (e.g. reading books, calculators etc)
- Additional resources in our Special Needs department
- One-to-one Literacy/Maths support where required
Students on average improved reading test levels within three months and three years. The majority of maths students exceeded Key Stage 2 levels. Star programmes had a significant impact on other students in both subject areas.