Catch Up Funding

Saint Aidan’s receives extra funding to enable students who arrive at secondary school with levels of attainment in Maths or English which are below Level 4 to make accelerated progress and reduce the gap with other students as quickly as possible.

Catch Up Funding Report 2015-16

Academic Year 2015-16       Financial Year 2015-16

For 2015-16 the funding received is estimated at £6500. This is not sufficient to meet the full range of needs so money from the school’s general budget is also used. This includes Pupil Premium funding to support disadvantaged students who are below Level 4.

The school uses the funding to assist two groups of students

  1. The very small number of students each year whose Special Educational Needs mean that they arrive very far behind the average in English and / or Maths and who need very specialised help to make good progress.
  2. The larger group of students who are behind in English and / or Maths but who are able to access the full curriculum and just need some extra input to bring them up to the level of other students. This includes students below Level 4 but also some who have reached Level 4 but are not secure.


The principal focus is on Year 7 students but catch up funding is spread throughout Key Stage 3.

English

  • A group of 16 students in Year 7 has been identified using baseline assessment and other relevant data. They receive an extra lesson each week in English with a specialist English teacher. Progress is measured and regularly reviewed.
  • A similar group in Year 8 also receives an extra lesson each week from a specialist English teacher.
  • A small group of students in Year 9 with particular difficulties has two lessons of extra English per week with a specialist English teacher.
  • Additional literacy sessions for individual underachieving students in Year 8 and 9 are held in form times, once per week, along with “buddy reading” for Year 8 and Year 9 students. This is staffed by a mixture of TAs, English teachers and a specific intervention teacher for literacy.
  • Students whose handwriting is holding them back have a “Scribblers” session once per week

Maths

  • A group of 16 students in Year 7 has been identified using baseline assessment and other relevant data. They receive an extra lesson each week in Maths for some of the year with a specialist Maths teacher. Progress is measured and regularly reviewed.
  • A similar group in Year 8 also receives an extra lesson each week from a specialist Maths teacher.
  • A small group of students in Year 9 with particular difficulties has two lessons of extra Maths per week with a specialist Maths teacher.
  • A lunchtime session run by a Maths specialist is designed for students who are not making the expected rate of progress. This will incorporate a Maths buddying scheme where Year 11 students work with selected Year 8 students to help them grasp Level 4/5 topics.