Leaders quickly identify pupils that require additional support in literacy and numeracy
when they join the school in Year 7. Pupils study an alternative curriculum that is focused on developing their basic skills so that they are able to access the wider curriculum as they progress through the school. (Ofsted ’17)
The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). All state-funded schools with year 7 pupils receive this funding.
The objectives of Year 7 Catch Up Funding:
- To close the gap by providing intensive literacy and numeracy support and raise the attainment of those students entitled to Catch up Premium
- To raise self-esteem and aspirations of students entitled to Catch up Premium
- To enhance existing provision.
- To identify concerns and target intervention and support to accelerate progress
- To intervene quickly if any chosen strategy or intervention fails to show impact
Academic Year 2017-18
IES Breckland have received £7,395 funding for eligible students in year 7. The full report detailing how the money was spent and impact will be published shortly.
Support is given in a number of ways, including:
- Lexia software used with year 7 catch up literacy gap. Lexia software programme is used to assist in the rapid acquisition of reading skills.
- Accelerated Reader is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice while promoting reading for pleasure.
- Increase Library resources
- ‘Catch-up Numeracy’ Programme run by specialised Learning Support Assistant
- Licence for MyMaths
- GCSEPOD Learning directed tasks