Catch Up Premium

 

What is Catch Up Premium?

The government is providing a catch up premium for children who at the end of Primary School did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths.

Our school received £12,000 in 2015/16 and is receiving £12,526 in 2016/17 as we had slightly more students at the October Census.

 

How did we use Catch Up Premium?

The money is utilised in a variety of ways to improve standards in this area and close the gap for students who are behind national expectations.

There are a number of factors that can impact on learning including attendance, motivation, gaps in learning, quality teaching, specific interventions and one to one teaching.

During the year we focused on a number of overarching areas which complement the above factors including:

  • The creation of systems to measure gap analysis of each and every child based on a personalised flight path based on their End of Key Stage 2 Scores in English and Maths. This approach means that teacher assessments give teachers and leaders instant reflections on student progress.The flight paths ensure that students make progress that would place them at least in the Top 50% of students nationally and ideally in the Top 20%. This data is shared with students and parents
  • That daily Literacy sessions are being used to increase the time and focus on key reading and writing skills.
  • The initial use of Sum Dog to improve key skills
  • Development of a partnership with RealiseIt, an adaptive learning system that uses Artificial Intelligence, to establish misconceptions and a clear sense of where the boundary is for students allowing a more focused use of teachers to meet needs
  • The ability to see Maths as enjoyable was hugely aided by project based approaches and coaching of students to help them see that they could achieve
  • Additional staffing in English and Maths was used to target the highest need

 

Impact
Maths Comparing the catch up funding cohort to the rest of student’s nationally based on national progression data gives a these students a score of + 2.35 when looking at progress. A score of 0 would place them in the top 20% nationally
English Comparing the catch up funding cohort to the rest of student’s nationally based on national progression data gives a these students a score of + 4.82 when looking at progress. A score of 0 would place them in the top 20% nationally

 

In Summary the use of catch up premium was extremely effective at narrowing the gap compared to students nationally.

 

Next Steps – 2016 / 17

Our focus in 2016/17 is to ensure that data targets resources increasingly effectively. This will include:

  • Teachers using Termly Gap Analysis in their planning of provision
  • Students have an increased understanding of their learning through the use of data
  • RealizIt is embedded further as a tool for improving performance in Maths.
  • Working with the developers of RealizeIt to develop a literacy product
  • Small groups after school or weekend programme for stuck students in literacy
  • Using data for daily literacy programme