Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Funding

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support Year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2. The expected standard is a scaled score of at least 100.

Oxford Spires Academy will receive an additional £19,500 for catch-up funding in the academic year 2019-20

Our Year 7 catch-up provision for the coming year is as follows:

  • One maths HLTA will each deliver sixteen hours a week catch up lessons to groups of up to 8 students. These students will be below 100 scaled score but close enough to catch up reasonably soon. In these groups they will use strategies such as Maths Ninja to rapidly improve their mathematical skills and knowledge.
  • One maths HLTA will support the lowest set of students for four hours per week to assist the teacher in ensuring rapid progress of students furthest from the 100 scaled score.
  • One HLTA will provide 3 tutor time sessions per week for 23 students to receive Lexia intervention for reading.
  • Three HLTAs will provide 1 to 1 or 1 to 2 reading support for 19 hours per week.
  • One HLTA will deliver 10 hours of small group intervention in reading per week.

In the academic year 2018-2019, 64 students entered the academy below the expected standard and were eligible for catch-up funding. (20 in maths, 14 in reading and 30 in both maths and reading.) Of these, 40 achieved the required level in maths by the end of the year and 10 students will receive additional support in Yr8. 29 students achieved the required level in reading by the end of the year and 15 are receiving continued support in Year 8.

In the current academic year 82 students are below the expected level in reading and 72 in maths.

We assess student progress regularly in their intervention groups and additionally their main class teacher reports formal assessments to parents three times a year. For example, in maths they use the “Maths-Ninja” scheme which involves regular small scale tests to constantly assess mastery of key numeracy skills.

Teachers use question level analysis from the May KS2 SATs papers to identify particular areas of weakness. In English, regular reading and spelling tests alongside classroom assessments and Accelerated reader “Star tests” are used to determine their progress. These assessments are moderated with the English and maths teams and are compared to national achievement levels through moderation with Anthem Schools Trust subject specialists.