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.

Historically, the students defined as not being ‘secondary-ready’ entered the school sub-Level 4 on their KS2 SATs scores and the current Year 10-11 cohorts have the following proportions of such students:

Year English Maths
N B Sub-Level 4 % Sub-Level 4 N B Sub-Level 4 % Sub-Level 4

10 (203)

1 0 10 4.9% 1 0 14 6.98%

11 (160)

1 0 17 10.6% 1 0 15 9.4%

The new KS2 assessment system produced standardised scores and the following proportions of students are now determined as being secondary-ready in the current Year 7-9 cohorts are:

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

7 (212)

34 16.0% 34 16.0%

8 (213)

32 15.0% 37 17.4%

9 (195)

59 30.3% 49 25.1%

September 2018 to August 2019:

The Friary School is due to receive £10,000 (approx) of Y7 Catch-Up Funding from the Education Funding Agency in the current financial year and are directing that funding to support learning from that point up until the final transition into Year 8 in Summer 2019.

Effectively, we are using the Y7 Catch-Up Funding for three types of support and these combine new approaches alongside the more successful tried-and-trusted methods from 2017-2018. 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Those students in the Y7 Catch-Up cohort are withdrawn from lesson once per week to attend either 2 x 30mins sessions or 1 x 60mins session focussing on  core literacy skills.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 2017-2018:

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:

Subject No. of Students Below Secondary Ready on Entry No. of Students in that group on track to get a 4 + No. of Students in that group on track to get a 3 No. of Students in that group on track to get a 3 or below
English 32 31 1 0
Maths 37 20 12 5

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