Catch Up Premium
During the academic year 2017/2018 Arden Academy received £8000 in additional funding as part of the Catch-up Premium scheme. Due to the way in students are assessed, and progress is recorded at Key Stage2, the payment was frozen by the government to what it was in the academic year 2015/2016.
This funding allows schools to provide additional intervention and support to students, who on leaving primary school, did not meet the expected standard. This funding is in place to ensure that we ‘close the gap’ between identified children and their peers.
Support for Literacy
During the transition period from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3, seventeen students were identified as being eligible for Catch-up Premium; these students were offered additional support to help improve their literacy skills.
During the academic year 2017/2018 these seventeen children were part of our Humanities nurture group; this allowed the students, who had not met the expected standard for English, to experience a differentiated curriculum within a nurture group environment. The students studied the History and Geography curriculum with an additional focus on literacy including writing and spelling. Of the seventeen students, fifteen made progress; six students making over a year’s progress, two students making over two years’ progress and one student made over four years’ progress. Two students stayed the same.
In their reading, seven students made over a year’s progress, one student made over two years’ progress and one student made over three years’ progress. Four students did not make progress and these students will receive additional support from our specialist teachers.
Students who did not make the expected level in Maths were assessed by an external specialist; once assessed, children were taught a bespoke numeracy programme, delivered in small groups or one to one. Eight students were identified as requiring catch-up Maths; of these students 7 made progress and 4 have now achieved standardised scores within the average range. The 3 students who did not make progress continued to receive support.
Catch-up Premium 2018/2019
During the academic year 2018/9, we will receive £8000 in additional funding as part of the Catch- up Premium scheme.
We now have a specialist primary teacher who is working with students in a small group to improve their literacy and maths skills. This will be reviewed at the end of the summer term 2019.