Introduction to Catch-up Premium. What are the principles?
The Government believes that by investing specific funding to identified cohorts of learners there will be a significant narrowing of the gap between sub groups. In response to Government thinking there is now a separate allocation of funding called the catch-up premium.
Schools receive an additional premium of £500 for each Year 7 pupil who has not achieved at least level 4 in Reading and/or Mathematics (maximum £500 per pupil) at Key Stage 2. The premium will be available to all state-funded schools with a Year 7 cohort, including PRUs and special schools.
The money is to be used by schools to deliver additional tuition or intensive support in small groups, giving pupils valuable support to bring them up to speed so that they are more likely to succeed at Hadley Learning Community. The Government expects the funding to be used for additional literacy and numeracy catch-up during Year 7 given that this can make a critical difference to pupils at this important stage.
Hadley Learning Community Approach
At HLC we have used our annual premium to set up and then further develop the opportunities the specific cohort of learners identified in our year 7 cohorts. Our approach to ensure maximum progression towards securing a level 4 is to install staffing and modern curriculum approaches that maximise impact.
We have adopted the key principles from the initial DfE guidance that outlines a targeted approach for our learners; “To offer intensive support to pupils, which might include individual tuition or small group teaching, focusing on specific areas of weakness…..” Our mini-school (TEAM 627) delivers this vision utilizing the expertise of four specially appointed staff that includes a primary and phonics specialists as well as an intervention lead and a HLTA.
The impact of our approach was immediately evident with Year one of the spend proving hugely successful with 94.9% of learners achieving at least the expected progress in English and 48.7% achieving accelerated progress. With an internal target being set for all TEAM 627 learners to achieve accelerated progress in the reading strand, 85.7% achieved at least a whole level of improvement with 40% exceeding even this!
The outcomes for the second year of TEAM 627 are equally as impressive with the mini-school provision again out-performing their cohort average in a number of measures which is particularly pleasing given their depressed KS2 starting points. The highlight was an increase of 13.5% on year one to 62.2% of learners who achieved accelerated progress in English. In Mathematics, our mini-school students performed better than the cohort average in terms of accelerated progress with 45.9% achieving this.
We look forward to our current cohort of students living up to these expectations!
The following costs outline our use of the £19,500 catch-up premium funding that we received for the 2015/16 academic year. The funding has been used in combination with whole school budget such is the importance and impact to date of the approach.
Team 627 Running Costs
|TEAM 627 Running Costs|
|Higher Level Teaching Assistant||£14,107.00|
|Purchase of Resources and Consumables||£2000.00|