In 2020/21 Catch Up Funding is no longer provided nationally this funding has ceased. This report outlines how the money was spent for the previous academic year 2019.20. Outwood Academy City prides itself on the highest standards to ensure inclusion and equal access for all learners. A wide range of provision and intervention strategies were offered to enable all learners to engage in learning and do their best. In deciding how the money was spent we focused on students who were identified as requiring support by using the Lucid Exact programme along with the
academy’s reporting system Praising Stars © . The Academy assessed every student with Lucid Exact, when they start at Outwood Academy City to identify any emerging needs. This programme tells us if students need support with Phonics, Reading, Spelling or Handwriting. This information is used to support the setting of students and using the literacy and numeracy option to support students. We also use the Academy reporting system Praising Stars© in early October to identify students who are not making the required progress in both English and mathematics. As such
the Academy reserves the right to allocate the Year 7 Catch-Up Fund to support any students or groups of students the Academy has identified as needing additional support in English or mathematics to achieve improved outcomes in learning.
In allocating this fund consideration will be given to those students who:
● Have not made the required progress in reading and/or mathematics at Key Stage 2
● Praising Stars© shows that they are currently not making the required progress
● Have been identified as requiring extra support using the Lucid Exact programme.
● Further psychometric assessments are carried out if further information is needed to identify if a child has SEN. This is part of the new SEND code of practice where early identification is of paramount importance. In these cases the SEND Officer will liaise with parents & carers as set out in the SEND Local Offer and SEND Policy.
Year 7 Catch-Up Fund £21,135 allocation of funding during 2019-2020
The funding was used to provide a range of interventions such as;
● Interventions information evening
● Accelerated Reader – A Global Reading Programme
● Small group work sessions using the Indirect Dyslexia Learning Programme (IDL) to support students with Dyslexia
● Small group work sessions for low levels of literacy focusing on Phonics using a Multi-Sensory approach
● 1 to 1 Literacy work
● Handwriting programme – focusing on letter formation, spelling, punctuation and grammar
● LEGO Literacy
● VMG Peer Mentor Reading
● Small group work Lexia
● Toe by Toe dyslexia support
● Lucid testing
● Dyslexia testing
● Visual Stress Testing
● Afterschool literacy
● Small group work using Numicon numeracy
● 1 to 1 Numeracy work
● After school Maths using the Hegarty maths programme
● Numeracy Ninja
● Timetable Super Stars
Each term there was a Numeracy & Literacy awards ceremony for both Year 7 and Year 8, where student progress was celebrated and students were provided with information about how much progress they have made which they could share with their parents/carers.
Evaluating the Effectiveness
● The internal reporting Praising Stars© system is always used to assess students’ progress throughout the year this is based on age related expectations. 81 students qualified for Catch Up support during the last academic year. Progress within English has been significant, however further work on Maths needs to improve.
Year 7 Numeracy Catch Up Students Progress
5+ English 70%
5+ Maths 26%
Progress 8 +0.81
Attainment 8 42.74