Year 7 Catch-Up Funding 2016 / 17

The government has provided the catch-up premium which gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).  The funding is to enable schools to deliver additional support for those pupils who need it.


Strategic View

The data for our Year 7 shows that the intake is broadly in-line with national averages.  However, there are weaknesses, particularly within reading and associated skills for boys.  In moving into our new school we have made the LRC library a focal point in the school with all English classrooms facing out on to the library..  However, there is a shortage of reading material that will appeal to 11-13 year old boys with a reading age that is much younger.  A greater focus on reading is important across the wider school but we need to provide a more engaging reading scheme to these students in particular.

Having researched options and taken advice the decision that has been reached is to use catch-up funding to equip the school to deliver the Renaissance Accelerated Reader programme.