Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch up Strategy and Impact

Context

Windlestone School is a 11-16 year old special school for students with social, emotional and mental health problems.  We offer an inclusive setting for 80 students including residential placements for up to 20 students.  We also have an off-site provision for up to 20 students in keystage 4 where students follow an individualised curriculum including vocational placements.

Windlestone has a commitment to ensuring every young person in our care achieves the best possible outcomes individually.

Background

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives 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 (KS2).

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Spend

In 2015-2016 the allocated funding for 8 learners was £4000.

In 2016-2017 the allocated funding was £3200.

2015-2016 Year 7 Catch Up Spend

 The focus was to allocate the funding in two ways:

  • To encourage engagement in maths and English lessons the school purchased iPads for the key stage three classrooms.
  • To encourage reading engagement, books were purchased linked to students interests with pupils being involved in the ordering process.

Impact of Spend 2015-2016

Catch up premium funding had enhanced the attainment of Year 7 pupils, with 75% of the year sevens making progress in reading and 100% making progress in maths.

2016-2017 Year 7 Catch Up Spend

The focus was to allocate the funding in three ways:

  • 1) To further enhance engagement in maths and English lessons the school purchased ipads to ensure year 7 had one each.
  • 2) To encourage reading engagement books were purchased linked to students interests, with pupils being involved in the ordering process.
  • 3) To encourage writing progression visiting authors were invited to come into school.

2017-2018 Predicted Year 7 Catch up Amount

In 2017-2018 the predicted allocated funding is anticipated to be £500 per pupil and with an intake of 16 pupils we would anticipate at least half to be eligible for the funding.   This would give us an estimated figure of £4000.