What is Catch-Up Premium?
Year 7 Catch-Up Premium is a type of funding additional to the main school funding. It is received from the government and is allocated to students who failed to achieve a National Curriculum Level 4 at the end of Key Stage 2 in either Mathematics or English reading.
Schools are free to spend the Catch-Up Premium as they see fit within specific parameters.
Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy received £5500 for the year 2013-2014
Use of the Catch Up Premium
The Year 7 Catch-Up Premium at Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy is used to pay for a range of student support activities and interventions. In the year 2013-2014 these approximate amounts were spent in the following ways;
Extra numeracy and literacy provision £205
The rest of the money was spent on an initiative where the students were in a separate class and this was known as the ‘Accelerate Class’. To aid this small class in their academic progression a number of additional resources were bought that included15 class laptops, literacy based workbooks, board games and ICT programmes. Individual resources were also provided for the class including handwriting support booklets, iPad reading applications and coloured reading rulers. Several educational trips were organised and paid for out of this premium money.
The money spent on this initiative was obviously above that received.
EVALUATION OF CATCH UP PREMIUM – 2013/14
The school receives additional funding for each student who enters Year 7, who has a KS2 reading level and / or mathematics level that is below Level 4. We evaluate the impact of this through analysis of student progress, in particular in English and Mathematics.
CATCH UP PREMIUM 2013 / 14 YEAR 7 STUDENTS
Progress in English of Yr. 7 Catch Up Premium Students in 2013/14:
- On average CU students made 1 whole level of progress – well above national expectation
- 91% made or exceeded expected progress – far exceeding current national progress
- 82% exceeded expected progress – far exceeding current national progress
Progress in Mathematics of Yr. 7 Catch Up Premium Students in 2013/14:
- On average CU students made 0.8 levels progress – above national expectation
- 82% made or exceeded expected progress – far exceeding current national progress
- 55% exceeded expected progress – far exceeding current national progress
In 2013/14, we established an Accelerate Group. This was implemented to support students who had entered Year 7 well below national average in English and or maths. For English, and a number of other subjects, this group of students were taught together, and enjoyed lessons with a smaller number of subject specialists than their peers.
In mathematics, the students were integrated into the lower three maths sets. The setting structure however was changed so that students joined classes appropriate to their KS2 level, whilst they still had the opportunity to collaborate with students working at a higher level than them, with the intention of raising their aspirations and self-belief in the subject.
The following shows the impact of these strategies on the Accelerate Group;-
Progress in English of Yr. 7 Accelerate Group 2013/14:
- On average Accelerate students made 1.2 levels of progress – well above national expectation
- 100% made or exceeded expected progress – far exceeding current national progress
- 85% exceeded expected progress – far exceeding current national progress
Progress in Mathematics of Yr. 7 Accelerate Group 2013/14:
- On average Accelerate students made 0.7 levels progress – above national expectation
- 77% made or exceeded expected progress –exceeding current national progress
- 46% exceeded expected progress –exceeding current national progress