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St Peter's
Catholic School

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium is additional funding provided to schools 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).

This September 2015 report sets out:

  • The catch-up allocation for the current academic year (2015-16)
  • Details of how the school intends to spend this allocation
  • Details of how the school spent its allocation for the previous academic year (2014-15)
  • For 2014-15 how this spend made a difference to the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding

2014 - 2015 review

St Peter’s Catholic School was allocated £8,500 of literacy and numeracy catch-up premium funding for the academic year 2014-2015.

This funding was allocated to the following categories:

  • Assessment: early identification of students who are below level 4 in English and/or Maths is key. Our assessment tools include Lucid Literacy and industry-recognised testing to help us understand our students’ difficulties better where relevant.
  • Books: St Peter’s invested in a books ranging from fiction which is accessible to our weaker readers to text books which are subject specific (e.g. Maths workbooks, handwriting books, etc).
  • Equipment: funding for a variety of equipment including handwriting specific pens, exercise books, visual timers and accessories and colour overlays.
  • Learning Software: we invest in yearly subscription of online numeracy, literacy and typing software for our students to access at home and at school.
  • Teaching staff support: specialist teachers design the appropriate scheme of work and teach small groups on a weekly basis; literacy specialists visit St Peter’s to work with the whole year group on literacy skills.
  • Teaching support staff: teaching assistants deliver lessons designed and written by specialist teachers to small groups.

Impact in 2014-15

We are pleased with the improvement in English reading and numeracy levels for these students and feel that this is as a result of the Pupil Premium funding and the small group intervention work. We will remain with these strategies in 2015-16. We are continuing to look for further effective strategies for some students. Next year we plan to trial the use of numeracy games and additional software as well as the use of technology to help engage students and improve their literacy and numeracy skills.

2015-2016 Plans

St Peter’s Catholic School expects to receive £6,500 of literacy and numeracy catch-up premium funding for the academic year 2015-2016 which will be allocated to broadly the same categories as 2014-15 namely assessment, books, equipment, learning software as well as teaching support and support from teaching assistants.

Summary of spend in 2014-15 and 2015-16

Category

2014-2015 Allocation

2015-16 Allocation

Assessment

£147.80

£115.00

Books

£963.32

£740.00

Equipment

£506.95

£390.00

Learning software

£99.00

£75.00

Teaching staff support

£5,068.90

£3,880.00

Teacher assistants support

£1,714.03

£1,300.00

 

£8,500.00

£6,500.00