Year 7 Catch-up Funding Expenditure 2017/18

Catch-up funding aims to narrow the attainment gap between ‘catch-up’ funded students and their peers. We do this by:

  • Assigning identified Year 7 students to an appropriate reading improvement programme by Autumn half term. This is either Lexia, Rapid Reading or Switch On Reading. These programmes are delivered by trained learning support assistants.
  • Good practice in our library lessons involves catch-up students working with the library assistant on reading more accurately and with closer comprehension, leading to improved results in Accelerated Reading quizzes and STAR reading age tests.
  • Ensuring that EAL students who form part of the catch-up cohort have additional literacy support from the Federation’s EAL coordinator.
  • Providing targeted peer tutoring in Maths through a structured Maths Mentoring program.

How research supports our strategy

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) funds research into improving interventions for all students, with a special focus on supporting progress for Catch-Up and disadvantaged students.


Maths Mentoring

“Overall, the introduction of peer tutoring approaches appears to have a positive impact on learning, with an average positive effect of approximately five additional months’ progress. Studies have identified benefits for both tutors and tutees, and for a wide range of age groups. Though all types of pupils appear to benefit from peer tutoring, there is some evidence that children from disadvantaged backgrounds and low attaining pupils make the biggest gains.”
[https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/]

Maths Mentoring at Alderman White is a peer tutoring strategy that conforms to EEF recommendations. It is closely monitored by a qualified Maths teacher, resources and training are provided for the mentors so that there is sufficient support and challenge, and mentoring is supplementary to, rather than a replacement for, timetabled Maths lessons.

Reading comprehension strategies – library lessons

“On average, reading comprehension approaches deliver an additional six months’ progress. Successful reading comprehension approaches allow activities to be carefully tailored to pupils’ reading capabilities, and involve activities and texts that provide an effective, but not overwhelming, challenge.” [https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/]

Reading comprehension strategies are supported by use of Accelerated Reader reading comprehension quizzes which test understanding of a text at the point at which it has been read. STAR reading age tests, which are also part of the Accelerated Reader programme, assess students’ reading ages and are used to tailor book selection to pupils’ reading capabilities so that all students are reading books that provide an effective, but not overwhelming, challenge.

STAR reading tests are also used to assign a suitable TA-delivered intervention programme to specific pupils for whom we receive Catch-Up funding. Lexia, Rapid Reading and Switch On Reading are delivered in small group sessions by qualified TAs. These are structured programmes that develop de-coding and comprehension skills.

How last year’s funding made a difference to Catch-up pupils

Reading Age improvement in months

Year 7

Spring 2016/17

Summer 2016/17

All

+7.59

+11.48

SEN

+6.83

+10.83

PP

+6.44

+10.13

SEN & PP

+5.00

+11.00

EAL

+8.00

+9.00

EAL PP

Retest

+4.00

Funding allocation and spending for the current and previous academic year and how we intend to spend it

Over recent years, we have committed additional resources to Catch-Up, above and beyond our dedicated allocation, because of the priority we're placing on literacy, leading to a positive impact. We have prioritised literacy because of the improved access to the wider curriculum provided by literacy skills. For this reason, we have targeted our TA-run programmes more closely on Literacy Catch-Up. Maths Catch-Up intervention is focused on peer tutoring, while, additional intervention in Maths is provided by a dedicated Maths TA, according to students’ current curricular need.

The funding allocation for 2017/18 is £10801.00.

Provision

Cost 2015/2016

Cost 2016/2017

Cost 2017/2018

Lexia Licence

724.00

724.00

724.00

TA Delivery of Lexia

559.65

559.65

4239.35

TA Delivery Rapid Reading

N/A*

N/A*

413.10

TA Delivery Switch On Reading

N/A*

N/A*

2738.59

EAL Rapid Reading group

N/A*

N/A*

429.78

CAT Tests - GL Education Group

1132.74

1100.00

1077.00

CAT Tests - 3 days Tech Time

231.48

231.48

231.48

Data Time - continuous assessment

3875.50

3875.50

3875.50

Accelerated Reader Costs

1750.00

1750.00

1559.50

Librarian 1 day per week

2178.54

2178.54

2178.54

SENCo Testing/IEP

3106.65

3137.90

3137.90

TA Maths Mentoring

405.60

405.60

405.60

Support Mentor 1:1 Maths Sessions

150.64

150.64

150.64

Total Expenditure

14671.24

14123.31

21160.00

Funding Grant

13000

10897.00

10801.00

Balance of Funding

-1671.24

-3226.31

-10359.98

*TA-led interventions were in place for 2015/16 and 2016/17, but not directly targeted at the Catch-Up cohort.