St Mary's Catholic College, Wallasey

St Mary's Catholic College
A Voluntary Aided Academy

Year 7 Catch Up Premium

The Year 7 Catch-up Premium

Year 7 Catch Up Funding gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not meet Age Related Expectations (ARE) in their KS2 SATs. This is focussing on any student who has a standardised scores of below 100. You can read more about the Year 7 Catch Up Funding here.

In 2016 to 2017, funding has been allocated to schools on the basis that they receive the same overall amount of year 7 catch-up premium funding they received in 2015 to 2016, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their year 7 cohort between the October 2015 and the October 2016 school censuses as follows: (the number of year 7 pupils recorded on the October 2015 school census) divided by (the number of year 7 pupils recorded on the October 2016 school census) multiplied by the 2015 to 2016 allocation

In 2016-17, SMCC Year 7 Catch-up Premium totalled £26,271.

The percent of Y7 SMCC students with a standardised score below 100:

Reading: 133 students (51%)       Grammar: 106 students (41%)    Maths: 120 students (46%)

In 2016/17, the primary focus of deployment of these funds at St. Mary’s is to further the provision of Quality First Teaching within reduced class sizes in English and Maths. Class size in English and Maths for pupils with the lowest ability profile are kept at average of 16. “Where are we now?” meetings each half term are used to identify where pupils may be falling below expectations for good or outstanding progress AND to plan subject specific intervention. In Maths, for example, this might include a personalised plan to utilise mymaths.co.uk or mathswatch.com.   A whole school Literacy Strategy has been introduced and embedded through termly quality assurance Snapshots and Professional Practice Time. Accelerated Reader is currently used in Y7-9. Intervention for a cohort of students to work with a Lexia Programme is planned for the next few months. 

The introduction of ‘Flightpaths’ – a model of learning progression throughout the school from entry in Year 7 onwards- means that progress is measured against pre-set ‘baseline’ rates of progress to ensure at least this minimum level, but with teachers and support staff working collaboratively to enable the children to achieve good and outstanding progression rates. Flightpath stickers will ensure a high level of accessibility and engagement for raising expectation and aspiration. Learning Programmes in every subject have been written to align with the Flightpaths so that all students are being appropriately challenged across the college. Feedback stickers, which match the Learning Programmes, are used to ensure that students are receiving a consistently high standard of marking.

In the academic year 2016/17 year 7 pupils who did not meet Age Related Expectations (ARE) in their KS2 SATs have made the more progress than others (relative to current baseline flightpath targets). The average Progress 8 figure is 0.4 for this group compared to their current baseline).