George Salter Academy

George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 16 year olds.

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Our Year 7 Catch-up Premium Funding

Overview

The Catch-Up Premium gives schools additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who need extra support in literacy and numeracy. 

English

  • 17% of students (36 students) in year 7 achieved a scaled score of 95 or less in their KS2 SATS English.  This includes students who did not sit the SATS paper and have been placed within the nurture group.
  • 12% of 199 students who sat the 2017 SATS achieved a scaled score of 95 or lower in their KS2 SATS English. All of these students are in G4 or S4 for English.
  • 24% of students in year 7 failed to achieve a RA of 9 on an internally set baselining NFER reading paper.
  • 13% (25 students) of students in year 7 failed to achieve a RA of 9 on an internally set baselining NFER reading paper and achieved a scaled score of below 95 in their English SATS.

Mathematics

  • 17% of students (36 students) in year 7 achieved a scaled score of 95 or less in their KS2 SATS Mathematics.  This includes students who did not sit the SATS paper and have been placed within the nurture group.
  • 12.5% of 200 students who sat the 2017 SATS achieved a scaled score of 95 or lower in their KS2 SATS Maths.  92% of these students are in G4 or S4 for Maths.

English and Mathematics

  • 16 students (7.5%) failed to achieve a scaled score of 95 in English and Maths.

 

Funding and proposed Allocation

In the year 2017-18, the Academy will receive £13,500 catch-up funding. The premium is allocated based on the proportion of students requiring support in each area of English, Reading and Maths.

Based on 97 students, funded in Maths, English and Numeracy. Proportion % Funding £
Proportion of students scoring 95 or less for English (36 Students)
37% £4,995
Proportion of students assessed as having a reading age of below 9 on entry (25 students) 26% £3,510
Proportion of students scoring 95 or less for Maths 36 students) 37% £4,995
Table detailing Year 7 catch-up premium funding 2017 - 2018

 

Below are the initial plans for Catch-Up Premium allocation this year. Funding will be spent on both in class and before / after school interventions.

Focus Intervention Rationale Target
English Accelerated reader subscription
Breakfast club staffing and refreshments (to encourage attendance)

After school targeted literacy sessions (1 session per week through catch up funding– 1:10)

Staffing costs. 1 additional session non funded. Specific teaching materials to support classroom delivery.

Staff Training (boosting reading at secondary school)

Keep calm and Read Project (whole academy initiative – purchase of appropriate materials for catch up students)
Last year the accelerated reader programme improved average reading age by over 6 months. In the previous academic year the same programme accounted for an average improved reading age of over 10 months. Both these cohorts exceeded the usual progress experienced by students of the same age and ability nationally during this period. Accelerated reader was found to have a "moderately positive effect upon participating pupils progress compared to pupils who did not participate". (Siddiqui, Gorard and See, 2016)

Creation of further opportunities for students to access reading for pleasure and develop independence when reading.

Development of staff expertise and ability to deliver appropriate T & L strategies (using appropriate materials) with targeted pupils – especially in small group interventions.
For the average reading age of the targeted cohort to increase from 7.29 to 8 years. This is above the average progress made by students of this age and ability nationally.

For 100% of targeted students to improve their baseline teacher assessment by at least 1 whole GSA grade.

For 100% of students to access appropriate reading materials within dedicated reading sessions both inside and outside of English lessons.

For behaviour and attendance of these students to improve as a result of an improved ability to access the curriculum.
Maths Purchase of specialist resources to support teaching and learning including:

Teachit Maths, Maths Box and Exampro (transition package) resources

Purchase of renaissance maths as an alternative resource to MyMaths

Support of Learning Support Staff in timetabled afterschool sessions (small groups - staffing costs)

Purchase of new homework resources to focus on catch up as opposed to new content.
Use of resources that are engaging and targeted specifically on developing the key areas of Numeracy areas that students have previously found difficult.

Detailed tracking and targeting of students by topic success levels.

Focused interventions with smaller teacher to pupil ratio’s will enable more specific feedback / development.
    For 100% of targeted students to improve their baseline teacher assessment by at least 1 whole GSA grade.

    For 100% of targeted students to achieve a grade in line with their target grade by the end of year 7.

Table detailing funding and proposed allocation of Year 7 catch-up premium funding 2017 - 2018

 

 

 

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