Catch-up Premium Funding
The catch-up premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to ensure that pupils who are not at the national standard and lack basic core skills.
In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, it is estimated the academy will receive £22,000 funding to address the needs of pupils who did not meet the KS2 national standard.
In order to maximise the impact of this funding upon progress and attainment, the academy has adopted a highly individualised approach to supporting this cohort of pupils, which is based on the rigorous use of data at 6 ‘assessment points’ throughout the year. We supplement bespoke interventions for individuals, targeted towards addressing the deficiencies in their learning (identified through their ‘AP Assessments’ and from ‘question level analysis’ in mock examinations) with ‘overarching strategies’ that are designed to impact upon larger groups of pupils.
We believe that it is good practice to focus on ensuring that every pupil receives a consistent diet of high quality teaching rather than relying on interventions to compensate. The academy’s ‘STEPs’ Assessment Model ensures that there is a systematic focus on clear pupil feedback and advice for improving their work and that any underperformance is quickly identified and interventions are both dynamic and quickly put into place.
In order to ensure that pupils who did not meet the KS2 national standard do not fall further behind their peers and are supported in making accelerated progress to catch up, the academy has established ‘The Bridge’. More details about The Bridge can be found here (Pupil Premium catch up funding 2016 - 2017) along with a detailed breakdown of how the Catch-Up Premium for 2016-17 is being spent.
Of the 44 students qualifying for the catch-up funding 95% made at least expected progress in English by the final assessment point of 2016 and 23% made better than expected progress; in mathematics, 93% made at least expected progress and 63% made better than expected progress.