In 2019/20 Outwood Academy City will strive to attain the highest standards and ensure inclusion and equal access for all learners. A wide range of provision and intervention strategies will be offered to enable all learners to engage in learning and do their best. In deciding how we spend the Year 7 Catch-Up Fund, we focus on students that are identified as requiring support by using the Lucid Exact programme. The Academy assesses 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:
Year 7 Catch-Up Fund Related Activities during 2018-2019The funding will be used to provide a range of interventions such as;
Each term there will be a Numeracy & Literacy awards ceremony for both Year 7 and Year 8, where student progress will be celebrated and students will be provided with information about how much progress they have made which they can 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. 70 students qualified for Catch Up support during the last academic year. These students were below average the Average Scaled Score in Reading and Mathematics at KS2. The latest Praising Stars report shows that 55.7%, just over half of the cohort of students are predicted to achieve at least a grade 4 in both English & Mathematics. Equally 68.3% of this cohort are now predicted to achieve at least a grade 5 in English and 41.4% are predicted to achieve a grade 5 in Maths. It is also important to note that the Progress 8 score for this cohort of students is +0.80. This demonstrates that the interventions being implemented are having significant impact and is enabling learners to Catch Up with their peers.
Year 7 Numeracy Catch Up Students Progress
5+ English & Maths 46.3%
5+ English 55.7%
5+ Maths 41.4%
Progress 8 +0.80
Attainment 8 44.86
In 2019 to 20 the same formula will be used to allocate money. Outwood Academy City is expected to receive £21,135
Due to the success of the previous academic year interventions will continue and impact will be measured every term to ensure students are making progress. This will be demonstrated both through the Academy reporting cycle and Numeracy & Literacy intervention tracker.
There will also be a further opportunity for parents/carers to attend a Numeracy & Literacy Evening to discuss how parents can support their child at home;