What is the Catch Up
The Government has made a commitment to provide
additional funding to schools for each year 7 pupil who did not
achieve age related expectations (below 100) in the end of Key
stage 2 (Year 6) National Curriculum tests in English and Maths.
The purpose of this funding is to enable secondary schools to
deliver additional support, such as individual tuition or intensive
support in small groups, for those pupils who most need it.
The Year 7 Catch Up Premium has been used to
employ a TA to work exclusively with the students identified as
needing additional help. Prior to joining the Barlow, students took
reading tests which enabled us - in conjunction with their SATs
results - to identify which students needed additional support. We
are specifically looking to ensure students reach their
chronological reading age as quickly as possible and that they are
performing at an appropriate numeracy level for their age.
Why is this important?
Reading age is crucial in terms of being able to
access GCSE examination papers. These typically have a reading age
of between 15 and 17. Numeracy is no longer just a part of the
maths curriculum it feeds into most other curriculum areas as well,
since the introduction of the new GCSE specifications the amount of
maths content in subjects such as Science has dramatically
How do we do this?
Students have 30 minutes of literacy or numeracy
intervention every day with our designated TA for a 10 week
Students will use literacy intervention computer
programme called ReadingWise a bespoke programme which helps to
improve comprehension, phonics, decoding, vocabulary, spelling and
much more. The programme is fun and engaging and students love the
virtual tokens they receive when they do well. When students reach
the end of a section, the software will tell us we need to retest
them and input their new reading age. Students can then move on to
the next part of the programme.
Students complete Passport Maths programme which is specifically
designed in supporting students who did not reach age related
expectations at KS2. It provides the additional support that
students need to catch up with mathematical ideas that are
developed at greater depth at Key Stage 3. The program is
unique in that it enables students to follow and master the
mathematical fundamentals while progressing with the curriculum
with the rest of their year-group. Progress is measured
through the completion of end of unit tests (focusing on 5 aspects
of numeracy) and scoring 100% on each test. Pupils further
embed their knowledge by completing additional activities with the
Teaching Assistant to ensure secure and embedded knowledge and