St Alban's Catholic High School

Catch up Funding

The ‘catch up’ premium was launched in March 2013 as part of the government’s commitment to providing additional funding to support Year7 students who failed to reach National Curriculum (NC) Level 4 in English and/or Mathematics during Key Stage 2. This year, (2017) ‘catch up’ students are identified as those who fail to reach the standardised score of 100 in English and /or Mathematics  during Key Stage 2. A scaled score of 100 will always represent the expected standard on the test. students scoring 100 or more will have met the expected standard on the test. 

The initiative involves secondary schools receiving an additional premium of £500 for each ‘catch up’ student. The funds will be used by schools to deliver intensive literacy and/or numeracy support with the aim of closing the gap between ‘catch up’ students and their peers and thus increasing their chances of succeeding at secondary school. The funding is not ring-fenced, allowing schools to use the premium to finance literacy and numeracy schemes which reflect the needs of their students.  

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What is the Catch-up Premium?

In 2016-17 the school received £6000 (2015-16 £6000).

The Government has made a commitment to provide additional funding to schools for low attainers in year 7 based upon their Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests in reading and/or mathematics. The purpose of this funding is to enable schools to deliver additional support, such as individual tuition or intensive support in small groups, for those students that most need it.

How we use the Catch-up Premium?

This money is targeted specifically at intervention work outside the classroom setting.

This money is targeted specifically at intervention work outside the classroom setting and incorporates software use such as successmaker.

An additional Teacher has been appointed to deliver English and Maths which allows for small group work and/or ‘one to one’ tuition. These sessions are tailored to meet student’s individual needs and accelerate their progress.

As part of our commitment to improving literacy, the school has continued to invest in the new library with new books and other resources. The School Library Manager and other staff work to improve reading for catch-up premium students through library use.

We have built a reading room to focus students on the importance of reading. This is in addition to the Library which is at the heart of the school.

The school employed a HLTA specifically to work in English and Maths  for Key Stage 3 and her role is still in supporting these students (who came below Level 3) in class working in partnership with teachers.   Some students are dissapplied from MFL and attend 1-1 or 1-2 intervention lessons under her supervision and planning. 

At Key Stage 3 up to 8 students have been identified as needing support through the transition with particular focus in English and Maths. To ensure that the funding is deployed effectively annual reviews are undertaken to coincide with any students who have EHCPs to demonstrate progress that has been achieved against their outcomes and also the impact across the curriculum.