In 2013 – 2014 Ashton on Mersey School was allocated £24000 in funding as part of the Year 7 catch up initiative. Year 7 catch-up funding provides an additional £500 for every student who has not achieved Level 4 in reading and/or mathematics at Key Stage 2. This funding aims to help these students to ‘catch up’ with their peers during their first year at the school.
We received funding for 39 pupils in English and 31 pupils in mathematics. There was some overlap between these two groups of students, with 49 pupils funded in total.
How we spent the allocation of funds during 2013-2014:
- Funding helped to pay for a Lexia phonics programme.
- 1:1 Maths intervention to help targeted pupils close the gap.
- Running of the Maths breakfast catch up class.
- Provision of English workbooks.
The impact of the expenditure on the attainment of pupils is demonstrated as follows:
- Within English at the end of July 2014; 50% of targeted pupils had exceeded their expected progress for the end of Year 7. 44% of pupils also made expected levels of progress for the end of Year 7. 88% pupils attained a Level 4 or higher at the end of Year 7
- Within Maths at the end of July 2014; 42% of the targeted pupils had exceeded their expected targets, and a further 8% of pupils had reached their expected level of progress for the end of Year 7. 58% pupils attained a Level 4 or higher at the end of Year 7.
How we assessed the effect on attainment:
- Attainment was measured through teacher assessment of their levels.
How we plan to spend the current academic year’s allocation:
- Continue to fund the Lexia based programme.
- Investigate a Maths based learning programme.
- Bring in more Tutor based learning.
In addition to the strategies deployed this year we will also:
- Develop a co-ordinated learning day to help pupils prepare for linear tests.