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Kingsbury
High School

Kingsbury High School Catch-up Premium Report 2018-19

Catch Up Premium

Background

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 Mathematics at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).  The figure received for 2018-2019 is approximately £27,500.

“The money is to be used by schools to deliver additional tuition or intensive support in small groups, giving students valuable support to bring them up to speed so that they are more likely to succeed at secondary school. The funding will not be ring fenced for catch-up activities but we expect that this funding is used for additional literacy and numeracy catch-up during Year 7, given that this can make a critical difference to students at this important stage.” (DfE Website)

National curriculum tests at the end of KS2 are administered in Mathematics, English reading and English grammar, punctuation and spelling. Scaled scores have been used to report the results of these tests since 2016.

A student’s scaled score is based on their raw score, which is converted into a scaled score, to ensure accurate comparisons of student performance over time. Every scaled score represents the same level of attainment for a student each year. A scaled score of 100 will always represent the expected standard on the test. Students scoring 100 or more will have met the expected standard on the test. The range of scaled scores available for each KS2 test is the same and will stay the same in future years:

• 80 is the lowest scaled score that can be awarded

• 120 is the highest scaled score

A student awarded a scaled score of 100 or more has met the expected standard in each test. Those awarded a scaled score of 99 or less have not met the expected standard in the test.

This document identifies what action we took for students in Year 7 who were behind in literacy and numeracy. Low attainment is defined as attainment below age-related expectations in a particular curriculum subject or skill. This includes basic skills such as reading and numeracy.

2018-2019 Catch Up Premium Strategy

The funds were to create smaller English and maths classes (of around 8-12 students) for those who had not achieved the expected standard in reading & writing and numeracy.  This allowed these students to receive more dedicated time with their teachers to address the difficulties they had in these subjects and to get them to catch up with their peers.

Summary of strategies used within English and outcomes

Students completed the Hackney Trust Lit Programme - a course aimed at students who are not yet ‘secondary ready’ and needed extra support in the transition to secondary school. Further details on the Lit Programme may be accessed here. Students completed a differentiated project to help support both their reading and writing skills, as well as a differentiated end of year exam. Teachers then used this information to judge whether students were now at the expected standard (judgement was based on whether a student was at equivalent standard of a GCSE grade 1 by the end of year 7).

Of the 76 students (23% of the cohort) who received a scaled score of 99 or below. The results of these students at the end of July 2019 were as follows:

  • 54% Above the expected standard  
  • 34% At the expected standard
  • 12% Still below the expected standard*

*Though 12% are still below expected progress, these are students who joined the school with a very low scaled score and the majority of these students have shown good progress

Summary of strategies used within Maths and outcomes

In Year 7, targeted students followed a learning programme that focussed heavily on key numeracy concepts such as place value and the four operations. The reason behind this is that students who are not yet secondary ready often struggle with these concepts. Students were encouraged to responsibility for their learning and understand how they can make progress. Additional materials to further their learning were also provided.

In order to judge their progress in maths, a series of assessments were used which were completed every half term. An average of these assessments was taken and they were given a grade based on the Maths Subject Assessment Grid. Teachers then used this information to judge whether students were now at the expected standard (judgement was based on whether a student was at equivalent standard of a GCSE grade 1 by the end of year 7).

Of the 58 students (18% of the cohort) who received a scaled score of 99 or below. The results of these students at the end of year 7 were as follows:

  • 53% Above the expected standard 
  • 31% At the expected standard 
  • 16% Still below the expected standard*

*Though 16% are still below expected progress, the majority of these students joined the school with a very low scaled score and have shown good progress this year in numeracy, but are still not yet at the expected standard. 

Catch-up Premium 2019/20

Kingsbury High School will continue to mirror our successful approach and continue to track students closely.  We are also introducing reading age tests in English and numeracy tests in Maths to further support our work.

Students who go into Year 8 still not secondary ready will continue to be supported. Maths and English provide additional sessions at lunchtimes and after school. A number of these students will also receive support from the SEN and EAL departments. We will also use SEND screening if necessary to support students.