Year 7 catch up funding.

Samuel Pepys School

Report on the use of Year 7 Catch Up Funding 2017-18  (Updated October 2018) 

Overview of Year 7 Catch Up funding The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). All state funded schools with year 7 pupils will receive this funding. The funding was received via the local authority in March 2018 for the academic year 2017-2018.
How are we accountable? Since September 2013 Ofsted inspections report on Year 7 Catch Up funding and on how schools spend their additional funding.

We aim to:

  • Ensure pupils are supported by trained and confident staff;
  • Provide the best teaching and learning resources we can, to support numeracy and literacy
  • Ensure pupils feel well supported when the move from the Primary to Secondary Departments within Samuel Pepys School

Samuel Pepys School is an all-age school, with pupils from age 3 to 19. Our data gives us confidence that our year 7 pupils do not experience a dip in their expected progress when they transition from year 6 to year 7. Pupils are often supported by familiar staff and have transition visits. KS2 and KS3 are situated on the same school site. For this reason we use the Year 7 Catch up funding to focus upon professional learning and development to ensure that all our staff access high quality development opportunities and that the resources available to our pupils for Literacy and Numeracy are of a high standard. This helps provide the continuity and consistency the pupils require to make progress.

Looking back: How the previous year’s allocation was spent? 2017-2018 In 2017-18 the school received £2,500 and this was allocated towards:

  • Staff professional learning and development
  • Developing and implementing a long-term plan for Maths with a specific focus of relevant, functional maths skills for pupils
What was the impact of this funding? Pupils made expected or exceeded expected progress with their individual targets, as evidenced in the review of “My Targets”   and progress against their outcomes in their EHC Plans
Total amount allocated for the current academic year 2018-2019 For 2018-19, the school will find out the allocation of funding in March 2019
Looking forward: What are our plans to spend the Year 7 Catch Up premium this academic year? 2018-19
  • A whole school focus on the sharing and development of best practice in the teaching and learning of functional maths. Developing a progressive ideas and resources bank for whole school use, this year with a focus upon outdoor learning. This is linked with our School Improvement Plan for 2018-19.
  • Professional learning and development for staff to support the effective teaching of Literacy and Numeracy. Examples of this include: PECS training, Clicker, Sign Language, MiLE Room training, Functional Maths training, Outdoor Learning training, including Forest School and all are highly relevant to supporting the pupils in Year 7. We also have a session with Michelle Larby the “phonics fairy” in line with our love of reading and story-telling! (November 2018)