Use of Y7 Catch Up Money

We believe that every school has a duty to ensure that each individual child is entitled to the best possible chance of achieving their potential

Consequently, we have a full plan to ensure that we use our Year 7 Catch-Up funding to address the shortfall of those students who joined our school below the ‘secondary-ready’ threshold.

2019-2020 Year 7 Cohort:

The following figures are based on the number / percentage of students scoring less than 100 on their Reading or Maths scores in their KS2 SATs:

Year English (Reading) Maths
Sub-Secondary Ready % Sub-Secondary Ready %

Year 7 (2019-2020)

(216 Students)

41 19.1% 30 14.0%

In addition, the school will track students’ literacy / numeracy based on CAT scores which are assessed in the initial weeks of Year 7.

September 2019 to August 2020:

The Friary School is due to receive £10,970 of Y7 Catch-Up Funding from the Education Funding Agency in the current financial year and is directing that funding to support learning from that point up until the final transition into Year 8 in Summer 2020.

Effectively, we are using the Y7 Catch-Up Funding for six types of support and these combine new approaches alongside the more successful tried-and-trusted methods from 2018-2019. The interventions and approximate costings are laid out below:

Y7 Homework Club:                                                                                                                              £1,000

This pre-school club runs daily between 8.15-8.45am and is targeted by the SENCO towards those students who are identified as falling in the Y7 Catch-Up cohort.

Literacy Support:                                                                                                                                  £4,000

Those students in the Y7 Catch-Up cohort are withdrawn from lesson once per week to attend either 2 x 30mins sessions or 1 x 60mins session focussing on  core literacy skills. This is further supported by extended sessions of 2 x 15 mins per week on a computer-based literacy programme.

Speech & Language Support:                                                                                                               £2,000

Those students in the Y7 Catch-Up cohort are withdrawn from lesson once per week to attend either 2 x 30mins sessions or 1 x 60mins session focussing on key speech and language skills.

Numeracy Support:                                                                                                                              £1,500

Those students in the Y7 Catch-Up cohort are withdrawn from tutor time twice per week (2 x 20mins) to  focus on core numeracy skills.

Lunch-Time Support Club:                                                                                                                       £800

Those students in the Y7 Catch-Up cohort are offered a lunch-time homework and social club designed to develop confidence and study skills.

Accelerated Reading:                                                                                                                               £700

This reading package is used by all KS3 students and the data is used by the English Department and the SENCO to track and monitor the Y7 Catch-Up cohort’s progression.

Outcomes 2018-2019:

The Year 7 Catch-Up cohort are now tracked as a specific group via our SISRA data programme and by the start of Year 8 the following progress had been made:

Year

 English (Reading)

Maths

 Sub-Secondary Ready

% Sub-Secondary Ready %

Year 7 (2018-2019)

(212 students)

34 16.0% 34 16.0%

Year 7 (2018-2019) by End of Year

NOT on track for 4 in GCSE English or Maths

24 11.6% 27 13.1%

These students continue to be carefully tracked as we become increasingly clear of the parameters and progressive staging of the new 9-1 grading system. It is expected that the DfE will have a more specific progression pathway at least by October 2020 as the current Year 10 cohort are based on the standardised SATS scores.

It is important to note that, for those students below secondary-ready on entry, a 3 will in many cases represent expected progress in national measurements. Even so, our target is to support all students to reach at least a 4 (standard pass).