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The Weald Community School

The WealdCommunity School and Sixth Form

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Catch Up Premium 2018-19

Allocated funding: £22,355

The strategies supported by the ‘catch up premium’ have led to significant and accelerated progress for many students who did not meet ‘expected standards’ at the end of KS2. This applies in both literacy and numeracy and is as a result of effective interventions and in-class support. The gaps that remain to the students who met or exceeded the ‘expected’ thresholds at KS2 are a result of the excellent progress of these students not the slow progress of those in receipt of catch up funding.

Funding supports the following strategies:
Literacy:

  • Specialist literacy tutors
  • Literacy intervention room and resources
  • Testing through Literacy Assessment Online - 3-year license @ £2275
  • Tailored intervention in 4 ‘Waves’ as follows:

Wave 4 - students who scored below 75

  • Withdrawal from languages lessons
  • 6 lessons per fortnight of small group tuition. Program including spelling, reading and comprehension
  • Support in lessons by literacy tutors

Wave 3 - students who scored below 84

  • Withdrawal from French
  • 3 lessons per fortnight of small group tuition. Program including spelling, reading and comprehension

Wave 2 - students who scored below 94

  • Extra staffing in English allows a member of the English department to run reading interventions
  • Students are withdrawn from lessons for short periods for literacy interventions in spelling and comprehension with literacy tutors

Wave 1 - students above 95

  • Addressed through quality first teaching
  • The reading and spelling strategies of the English and other departments
  • The short-term withdrawal from lessons of some identified students for reading interventions with English teachers
  • Super curricular program which provides sixth form support in class

Numeracy:

  • Specialist numeracy tutors teach small groups (less than 6) withdrawn from lessons, this is coordinated with the literacy interventions detailed above. 75 students in year 7 and 30 in year 8
  • Specialist numeracy intervention classroom and related resources 
  • Use of Passport Maths and related certification
  • Larger intervention groups working with Maths teachers on Passport Maths. Includes 30+ students in year 7 in addition to the cohort mentioned in point 1
  • 6th form tutoring and super curricular program

Impact of interventions:
Literacy:

Year 7 2018

Wave Number of students 2+ yrs progress 1-2yr progress Less than one year progress No progress
4 4 75% 0 0 25%
3 9 100% 0 0 0

 

 

 

Wave 2
36 students. 3 moved into Wave 3 after retesting. 1 remained in Wave 2 for spelling support. The rest moved into Wave 1 after meeting expected standards.

Year 8 2018

Wave Number of students 2+ yrs progress 1-2yr progress Less than one year progress No progress
4 12 25% 33% 33% 8%
3 9 11% 22% 33% 33%*

 

 

 

2 students with EHCPs started this intervention despite being above age-related expectations due to other circumstances

Numeracy:
At present, the best measure of numeracy interventions is Maths GCSE results where progress is very good. For students with Low Prior Attainment (LPA) progress is as follows:

2016 - LPA P8 for Maths = +0.31 (+1.96); whole school Maths P8 = +0.21 (+0.62)*
2017 - LPA P8 for Maths = +0.38; whole school Maths P8 = +0.95
2018 - LPA P8 for Maths = +0.32; whole school Maths P8 = +0.29 

*Number in brackets is the ‘new’ linear GCSE, the cohort sat different papers depending on their need

Plans are in place for specific assessments to measure the impact of KS3 interventions using passport maths.