Year 7 Catch Up

Catch Up Fund Statement 2019 to 2020

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:

  • 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 it 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 Related Activities during 2018-2019

The funding will be 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 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;

  • Mathematics: parents invited to see how mathematics is taught in year 7 and 8. They will also watch a demonstration of Numicon and Hegarty maths to help them support their child at home.
  • English: The Accelerated Reader and Lexia programmes will be explained and they will be given passwords to access at home to ensure they can support their child.
  • Information about other interventions the Academy is running.
  • Opportunity to speak to the lead in maths and English along with the SENDCo and Inclusion Coordinator, who will provide information about small withdrawal groups for both numeracy and literacy sessions.
  • Information will also be provided regarding access to literacy & numeracy sessions in subsequent years. For example, Maths Mastery.