The DFE provides additional funding to schools for each Year 7 pupil who is not secondary ready in reading and/or Maths at the end of Key Stage 2. This funding has inherent expectation that pupils are given the support required to ensure they are more likely to succeed ‘at secondary school’. Strood Academy received a grant for the academic year 2018-19. In September 2018, we had 90 pupils meeting the catch up funding criteria.
Summary of actions
Creating smaller intervention groups in literacy and numeracy to cater for the individual needs of each pupil which took place during form time
Setup and use of the bespoke literacy and reading programme Lexia to provide targeted and personalised intervention
Use of accelerated reader to improve reading
Development of the Mastery Maths approach in order to help fill gaps in learning within mixed ability settings
Wellbeing programme to support their transition into secondary school
Before school breakfast club available for Pupil Premium catch up children during which they were able to work on spelling and numeracy
Enrichment activities specifically for the catch up students designed to develop their curiosity and enjoyment of learning, such as a triop to The Science Museum and a workshop run by The Globe Theatre
Monitoring of the MYP curriculum and the impact on the progress of these students
Work within colleges to ensure that vulnerable students are supported
Year 7 Catch–up 2018-19 analysis
By the end of year 7 the students on the catch up programme had made good progress in line with their non-catch up peers and in some cases students have actually exceeded their peers in their year group.