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    Catch-up funding

    The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 students who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading or Maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). The intention is that this funding accelerates the progress of these pupils, to allow their attainment in reading / Maths to improve.

    2015-16

    In 2015-16 Fullhurst received a total of £20,000 for 40 eligible students. Spending of this funding has been allocated based on strategies which have proven to be successful in the past and are recommended by published good practice case studies. The funding is being spent to facilitate intervention in the following ways this academic year:
    • increased small group support for pupils in reading and Maths.
    • promotion of paired reading schemes.
    • greater use of assessment in teaching and monitoring of pupil progress.
    • CPD for teaching assistants.
    • improving the home-school relationship and communication with regards these students.
    • transition activities (e.g. communication with feeder primary schools, Fullhurst teachers working with feeder primary teachers, induction activities).


    Spending

    • Transition (£1,500): transition activities, particularly aimed at the lower ability pupils, including visits to the primary schools by the Key Stage 3 Leader and the SENCo and coaching from Fullhurst staff of feeder school teachers for Maths, allowing feeder school pupils to come to Fullhurst for Maths teaching.
      Intended impact: ensure a smooth transition for the pupils, to help to accelerate their progress in both reading and Maths. Mutually beneficial coaching for both feeder school and Fullhurst staff, which will result in effective teaching and learning and intervention.
       
    • Extra curriculum time (See below re staffing) in Year 7, the lower ability sets have seven hours of English and six of Maths, compared to five for English and four for Maths for the rest of the year group. In year 8 the bottom two groups have six hours of English compared to 4. In these lower classes there are additional TAs, and specific CPD has been invested in these staff. Furthermore, in year 7 we have these groups in two identified focus tutor groups. These groups are smaller in size which brings with it a cost for staff to student ratios. There is a more widespread cost for this across the school budget, but it is aimed at catch-up for lower ability pupils.
      Intended impact: extra curriculum time will allow pupils to accelerate their progress relative to their peers, and catch-up. This will have a positive impact in terms of the reading and Maths for the pupils, but also allow them to better access the curriculum across their subjects.
    • Staffing (including CPD £18,100): a Level 2 TA  is deployed to help intervene with these lower ability pupils, during both registration and lesson time. Both the English and Maths faculties have HLTAs, who provide support to the lower ability pupils in Key Stage 3 in particular, with designated classroom space made available for small group withdrawal. Specialist staff have been identified to teach the lower ability pupils in year 7 in both English and Maths, and have had appropriate CPD accordingly. The data team now track these pupils as a distinctive group, and results are monitored and acted upon by the Deputy Principal after each assessment week.
      Intended impact: extra capacity to intervene with these pupils on a 1:1 and small group basis, to particularly help them catch-up with their reading and literacy.
       
    • Reading (£400): interventions including paired reading with one of our Governors, paired reading with Audi and Leicestershire Cares business representatives, Kindle Club, Trailblazers reading scheme and peer reading during form time.
      Intended impact: allow pupils to catch-up with their reading, to allow them to better access the curriculum across their subjects.


    Impact

    Reading
    37 students on entry were below level 4 for reading (25 of which achieved below level 3 on entry).

    • 43% of students attained level 4 by the end of year 7.
    • 92% of students made at least expected progress in English in year 7.
    • 66% made better than expected progress in English in year 7, and therefore relatively caught up with their peers.

    31 out of the 37 students were taught in the nurture English classes in year seven, and therefore had additional curriculum time for English.

    • 35% of these students attained level 4 by the end of year 7.
    • 90% of these students made at least expected progress in English in year 7.
    • 59% of these students made better than expected progress in English in year 7, and therefore relatively caught up with their peers.

    Maths

    32 students on entry were below level 4 for maths (10 of which achieved below level 3 on entry).

    • 59% of students attained level 4 by the end of year 7.
    • 97% of students made at least expected progress in Maths in year 7.
    •  69% made better than expected progress in Maths in year 7, and therefore relatively caught up with their peers.

    25 out of the 32 students were taught in the nurture Maths classes in year 7, and therefore had additional curriculum time for Maths.

    • 48% of these students attained level 4 by the end of year 7.
    • 96% of these students made at least expected progress in English in year 7.
    • 68% of these pupils made better than expected progress in English in year 7, and therefore relatively caught up with their peers.

    Fullhurst Community College

    Fullhurst Community College
    Imperial Avenue
    Leicester
    LE3 1AH

    tel: 0116 282 4326
    fax: 0116 282 5781
    email: office@fullhurst.leicester.sch.uk

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