The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives all state-funded schools additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2.
This additional funding has been allocated to every school because national figures show that, on average, this group does not achieve as well as their peers across the country. This group of students however are able to do just as well as all other students and the funding is therefore to support schools to address this issue.
How must this money be used?
Schools assess the individual needs of each of the pupils who attract the Year 7 catch-up premium to decide the best way to use the funding. We only select programmes and approaches that we know are effective.
How much funding does King’s receive?
In 2015/16 the school received £4500.
In 2016-17 the school received £4739.
In 2017 to 2018 the government is allocating funding to schools on the basis that they receive the same overall amount of Year 7 catch-up premium funding as they received in 2016-17.
How does the school use this funding?
The school uses this funding to provide extra support for those students who need additional literacy and numeracy support in order to achieve success in line with school and national expectations.
- 1-1 and small group intervention in English and mathematics led by senior staff, teaching staff and our Learning Support Manager (HLTA)
- Use of the Brighton and Hove Literacy Support Service for afternoon a week to work with targeted students (most of whom are in receipt of the Catch-up Premium)
- Homework support and independent learning resources purchased such as My Maths
- Purchase of ICT equipment (IPads and keyboards) for some students in receipt of the Catch-up Premium to support extended writing in class and at home
- Use of Brighton and Hove School Library Service who loan us books (fiction and non-fiction) to support independent reading
- Attendance related support structures and pastoral support services are also needed by a number of this group. We employ a full time Pastoral Support Manager and full time Pastoral Worker who work with our attendance team. We also employ an Attendance Consultant on an ad hoc basis to work with individual students and to help us review and improve our processes.
School objectives for spending the grant
For students eligible for Catch-up funding to make expected and better than expected progress academically and to share as fully in school life as all other students.
How does the school measure success?
The school tracks the progress of all students, including students in this particular group. Success is evidenced by the outcomes for these students which demonstrates that they are making progress similar to, or in some cases better than their peers in the school and above average nationally.