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Catch Up PremiumThe literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2.


Catch-up at DHFS overview

The students who come to Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School below the expected level for reading and/or mathematics follow a weekly intervention programme. They are removed from selected lessons, for high quality focused support in reading and/or mathematics for 2 hours per week. This support is personalised and delivered in very small groups. The progress of students is analysed by their progress in their maths and English lessons. The staff who deliver the lessons liaise closely with the English and maths staff and when the students have are securely caught up they no longer attend the intervention sessions. Intervention is also delivered to students in Year 8 and Year 9 where appropriate. This is coordinated through close liaison between maths, English and Learning Support.

Outcomes from 2015-16

On average students increased their reading age by 20 months (in 10 months), and their maths level by 2.68 levels. This was an excellent outcome for the students concerned.

Where progress was more limited, the students still receive intervention in Year 8 and will do in Year 9 if appropriate. It is our intention to help these students to continue to make as much progress as possible with these core skills.

Catch-up Premium Update November 2017

Literacy Progress Sept-July 2017 Maths Progress Sept-July 2017
Average increase in reading age for CUPS students12.6 months
15% of CUPS students were exceeding progression expectations against aspirational targets
  • 82% of students made progress in their reading
  • 40% of students made 15 or more months of progress
  • 54% of students made 10 or more months of progress
  • 20% of students have returned to their mainstream lessons
70% of CUPS students were meeting progression expectations against aspirational targets
14% of students (5) have declined in their reading age and further assessments will be completed and consultation will take place if further interventions are required for those students when entering into year 8 15% of CUPS students were below progression expectations against aspirational targets

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What is the Catch-Up Premium funding?

Prior to the removal of national curriculum levels (September 2015) the Government allocated £500 per pupil to those pupils arriving in Year 7 who did not achieve Level 4 in reading and / or mathematics. Since then the same amount of funding has come into schools each year to tackle the issue of Year 7 students not reaching the required standard in reading or maths. The actual results from the secondary ready test show that 23% of students were not 'secondary ready' equating to approximately 70 students. The decision was taken to provide support for as many as possible whilst not diluting the support.

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How can I know how much my school has been allocated?

In 2015-16, there were 24 Year 7 pupils eligible for the funding which resulted in a budget of £12,000. This figure has been matched in recent years.

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How is the funding spent?

Literacy and maths are taught to small groups of students from Year 7 who are withdrawn from mainstream lessons for 2 hours a week. The students are withdrawn from drama and / or RE. Support is also offered to Year 8 and Year 9 students who still struggle with literacy and maths. Overall approximately 70 students across Key Stage 3 receive support.

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How will the impact of this intervention be measured?

Progress in literacy is delivered through LEXIA and tracked in detail by Learning Support staff and then tested using NFER tests (September and July).

Progress in maths is tracked by the class teacher and by the intervention teacher. Progress is measured by performance in whole school exams in February and July.

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Will you be informed if your child is identified as being eligible for the catch-up premium?

All parents are informed in writing and receive details of the intervention that their child will receive.

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Where can I find further information?

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