Year 7 Catch Up Premium Report

Y7 Catch-up Premium 2015/16
The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2).
Oakwood High School is committed to ensuring a smooth transfer and transition from primary to secondary school and we work closely on this with our primary partners.  Due to the strength of our relationships within our learning community, combined with our innovative transition programme which means pupils join Year 7 during June, information between transition points especially KS2 to 3 is used effectively.
We will use this premium to provide strategies and interventions which are specifically aimed at pupils who are behind in literacy and numeracy.
In 2015-16 the catch-up premium was £500 per pupil
How we have used the catch-up premium
Oakwood High School has non-negotiable highly ambitious expectations for the performance of all groups of pupils.  Expectations are not diluted by family or social context and we are relentless in our pursuit of reducing and removing underachievement for and with all pupil groups.  Without exception; teaching in Oakwood High School is consistently good and outstanding.  The following interventions, resources and activities are some of the things which have been implemented through the catch-up premium funding; this list is not exhaustive.
English & maths
Additional staffing for the core areas (English and maths) and appointments of graduates into Oakwood’s Graduate Programme have allowed for smaller class sizes, 1:1 class time, double staffing, and intervention groups.  This additional staffing is aimed at allowing pupils to access specific help and support, giving them the tools they need to progress.
We have employed a Learning Support Assistant (LSA) to work with pupils who have English as an Additional Language (EAL); which represents some 33% of the pupil body.  This person works with pupils and with their families in the school and the community to try to ease transition.
One of the school’s priorities for this year is whole school literacy. The newly refreshed marking and assessment policies also have an emphasis on literacy.  We recognise that when pupils arrive from primary school a significant number have a reading age well below their chronological age. Communicate Learning Zone (English and MFL) support the reading programme within school as an element of the strategy to encourage pupils to read more.
An “Evolve” intervention group was created to develop pupils’ core skills in literacy and numeracy.  There was accelerated progress shown by the pupils in this group during the year. 
Although the progress of these pupils, specifically in English and maths, may well be not a fast as one might expect during 2015-16, we looked to secure and consolidate the skills required in order for them to make faster progress at the end of KS4.  This has been confirmed over previous 3 years with LAPs (low attaining pupils) making significant progress during their time at school.