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The Department for Education has made available additional funds for improving the attainment of our disadvantaged pupils, known as the Year 7 Catch-Up Premium. The funds are primarily aimed at improving English and Maths levels at Key Stage 2. An allocation is made for every pupil who has not achieved the expected standard in reading and Maths at the end of Key Stage 2.
This report summarises how the 2016-17 funding was spent and how we intend to spend this years funding. Most importantly, it provides information on the outcomes of the spending and the improvements made amongst out pupils.
In addition to the Pupil Premium funding, Dove House school also received £13,232 in 2016-17 to support the literacy and numeracy of students who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or Maths at the end of Key Stage 2.
The objective of this is to close the gap between these pupils and their Year 7 peers. Due to the special needs of our pupils, all Year 7 pupils receive this money. Whilst there is no gap between these students at Dove House School, we still use this money to improve the Literacy and Numeracy provision for them.
We have chosen to focus the use of the money on providing increased support, smaller groups and targeted intervention for our students.
|Number of pupils in Year 7 cohort 2016-17||31||Amount of Year 7 Catch-Up Grant per pupil||£426.82||Amount of Year 7 Catch-up Grant received in 2016-17||£13,232|
|a. Literacy||Maintain increased staffing to facilitate:||* Small group teaching and additional sessions||* Small group phonics sessions||* Literacy intervention sessions (PALS)||Resources including:||* Online resources||* Expansion of library stock.||* Additional training for all staff||b. Numeracy||Maintain increased staffing from 2015 - 2016 to facilitate:||* Small group testing||* Numeracy intervention sessions.||* Software and hardware to support progress.||* Training for staff.|
In English, in addition to supported classroom activities and quality first teaching, catch-up students were also supported by our Reading and Phonics programmes – which aims to accelerate reading age. Spelling groups and targeted phonic work were developed, so that pupils were learning with peers of similar ability.
In Maths, catch-up students were provided with additional support beyond quality first teaching. Activities with Maths’ intervention groups were overseen by our Maths team.
As the data below demonstrates, the vast majority of pupils made expected or better progress in Maths and English, therefore we will continue with similar interventions for the next academic year.
|Number of pupils in Year 7 cohort 2017-18||38||Amount of Year 7 Catch-Up Grant per pupil||£430.05||Estimated Amount of Year 7 Catch-Up Grant received in 2016-17||£16,342|
|a. Literacy||Maintain Increased staffing 2016 to facilitate:||* Small group teaching and additional sessions||* Small group phonics sessions||* Literacy intervention sessions (PALS)||Resources including:||* Online resources||* Expansion of library stock.||* Additional training for all staff.||b. Numeracy||Maintain increased staffing for 2015-2016 to facilitate:||* Small group testing||* Numeracy intervention sessions.||* Software and hardware to support progress.||* Training for staff.|