Catch Up Funding

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

Catch Up Funding Report 2016-17 and plans for 2017-18

For 2016-17 the funding received was £6139.  The allocation for 2017-18 will be very similar.  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 the expected level on entry to secondary school.

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.

 

The principal focus is on Year 7 students but catch up funding is spread further up the school.

English

  • A group of 24 (boys and girls) students in Year 7 has been identified using baseline assessment and other relevant data. They receive an extra lesson each week in English, separated into two classes, with a specialist English teacher. Progress is measured and regularly reviewed.
  • 45 students (boys and girls) in Year 8 also receive an extra lesson each week from a specialist English teacher.
  • 21 students (boys only) in Year 9 also receive an extra lesson each week from a specialist English teacher.
  • Accelerated Reader lunchtime intervention sessions held to support students with their reading choices, their reading and their quizzing.  Older students provide the lunchtime support, overseen by a teacher.


Maths

  • Two groups of 10 students in Year 7 have 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 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 8 middle school leaders work with selected Year 7 students to help them grasp Grade 1/2 topics.