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Year 7 Catch Up Programme

Year 7 Catch Up Programme

In January 2013, David Laws, the Minister of State for Schools, wrote to Head Teachers of year 7 pupils about how this money should be used, stating:

“You should assess the needs of the individual pupils in your school to decide the best way to use the funding. You should select programmes and approaches which have either been proved to be effective or are showing early promise.

Effective use of funding to support pupils requiring catch-up may include:

Individual tuition in addition to classroom teaching.
Intensive small-group tuition.
Purchasing external services and materials to add to those provided by the school. For example, tutor services or proven computer-based learning or online support.
Summer or holiday schools to deliver intensive catch-up over a short period.

2016-2017 Year 7 Catch Up Intervention

Due to assessment changes at KS2, the year 7 Catch up Intervention Programme for 2016-17 moved away from the bench mark of level 4 and focused on pupils making the ‘expected standard’. The expected standard is a scaled score of 100 in the pupils’ KS2 assessments for Reading and Numeracy.

We saw a massive increase in the number of pupils who took part in the Year 7 Reading and Numeracy Catch up Intervention Programme when compared with 2015-16.

St George’s Church of England Foundation School had 79 pupils who failed to achieve the expected standard in their KS2 Reading paper, and 76 pupils who failed to achieve the expected standard in Numeracy. There was also a crossover of 46 pupils who didn’t meet the expected standard in both Reading and Numeracy.  

Due to the increase in pupil numbers we held both afterschool interventions and small group sessions. Sessions within the normal school day will take place in 1 out of 2 of the pupils’ French lessons.

Groups were limited to a maximum size of 10 pupils, with pupils taught by specialist teachers who focused on the skills needed to complete the KS2 SATs paper. Once pupils made the expected standard, they were removed from the catch up sessions. Pupils were assessed using last year’s KS2 papers.

Funding Allocations 2016 to 2017:

In 2016-17, a decrease in funding allocation meant that there was no longer £500 available per pupil who failed to reach the expected standard in Reading and/or Numeracy at KS2. Instead, schools received the same overall amount of year 7 catch-up premium funding as they received in 2015 to 2016.

This allocation was used to supply the intervention groups with resources to support their learning as well as the cost of printing KS2 SATs papers. As staff were asked to do afterschool intervention, the allocation was used to fund these sessions. 


Funding Impact 2016-2017

Numeracy- Pupils were split into intervention groups based on their weakest paper out of the three KS2 Numeracy papers. Pupils received small group work during the timetabled day as well as afterschool interventions. 76 year 7 pupils started the intervention programme having not met the ‘expected standard’ in Numeracy. 36 pupils achieved this expected standard by the end of the intervention programme by achieving a combined score of 60 raw marks or more on the three numeracy papers. This meant that 40 pupils did not make the expected standard by the end of the year. All of these pupils started the intervention programming having scored less than 50 raw marks over the three papers, with 20 of these pupils scoring less than 30. Despite these 40 pupils not making the expected standard, they had a combined total of 175 marks improvement based on their KS2 Numeracy result, which is both very pleasing and shows the improvements made from low starting points.


Reading- Pupils were ranked from furthest to nearest in terms of proximity to the expected standard score. Pupils were then placed into intervention groups based on this ranking. We started with those closest to the expected standard and then worked backwards until all pupils had received intervention. A large number of the pupils were also involved in other literacy based interventions due to their low starting points. 79 year 7 pupils started the intervention programming having not met the ‘expected standard’ in Reading. In order to reach this expected standard, pupils needed to gain 21 raw marks on the KS2 Reading paper. By the end of the intervention programme, 49 pupils had achieved greater than the expected standard which is credit to the hard work by both staff and pupils. This meant that unfortunately 30 pupils had still not achieved the expected standard, even though all had made progress when compared to the KS2 result: a combined total of a 132 mark increase. Some of the pupils’ starting points were very low with 21 of these 30 pupils starting the programme having scored less than 12 on their KS2 Reading paper at primary school, with 12 of these pupils scoring single figures.


2017-2018 Year 7 Catch Up Intervention

Once again this year we have seen a rise in the number of pupils who did not make the expected standard in Reading. This year we have 83 pupils who will be part of our reading programme. Nine of the pupils achieved a Scaled Score of zero, having scored one or two marks in the KS2 Reading assessment.

Less pupils will be part of our Numeracy programme when compared to last year, with 59 pupils not making the expected standard in Numeracy. Five of these pupils achieved a Scaled Score of Zero, having achieved a combined total of One, Two or Three marks over the 3 Numeracy KS2 assessments.

We have a total of 44 pupils who will be part of both the Numeracy and Reading Programmes.


Reading: This year we will continue with the introducing of Literacy Lessons into the curriculum. Pupils in years 7 identified as being below the expected standard, have been selected to take part in these lessons instead of their Modern Foreign Language subject. This is on an alternating termly basis with pupils reaping the benefits of the smaller group sizes and specialist teachers to support their progress. To further support reading within the school, we are in our second year of using selected Peer Mentors from the upper years to support guided reading daily with pupils identified as having the lower than expected reading age. By using the Accelerated Reader Programme, we are able to track and monitor these pupils’ progress closely and effectively.


Numeracy: In term 1 afterschool intervention for Numeracy will be held weekly, in small group sessions of around 10 pupils. They will be focussing on Paper 3, with a particular focus on developing different strategies to improve their basic numeracy skills. Pupils unable to attend will have questions to practice at home and can access extra lessons on My Maths. The pupils will be assessed each term on each of the 3 papers to ensure they have the greatest chance of meeting the expected standard. Once pupils have met the expected standard they will no longer be required to attend afterschool.