Events At a Glance

25/01/2018 Y10 parents eve 4.30pm
26/01/2018 Y11 photographs


Year 7 Catch Up Funding


The Year 7 Catch up Premium is a government initiative to help raise achievement of targeted students. Additional funding has been provided for Year 7 students who have not achieved a scaled score of 100 at Key Stage 2. Schools receive an additional premium of £500 for each Year 7 student. The money is used to deliver additional tuition, intensive support in small groups and other initiatives to improve literacy and numeracy. The government nor any other government agency has dictated how the money should be spent. Students at Ruskin receive interventions throughout the Key Stage to ensure students make expected or more than expected progress.

The Year 7 catch up programme aims to effectively target the students with specific additional support strategies alongside integrated whole school systems designed to benefit every student. The strategies, systems and procedures outlined in this report are a sample of some of the key initiatives undertaken. The key to narrowing the gap between the highest and lowest achieving students is careful and thorough monitoring/tracking of student attainment and progress. This is done through timetabled department meetings targeting key groups. These then link into departmental intervention meetings to ensure appropriate interventions are put in place.

During 2015-16 academic year we had 19/105 students in English who were below Level 4.  Of the 19 students 9 had no KS2 data.  84% of this cohort had English as an additional language, with limited understanding of both spoken and written language.

16% of students achieved a Level 4 by the end of Year 7.  68% made progress over the course of Year 7.

A range of interventions, both individual and small group continue with these students, with an aim to increase quality of writing and comprehension.

In Maths we had 29/105 students in Year 7 who achieved below Level 4 in KS2.  Again, 9 of the 29 students had no KS2 data.  59% of this cohort were EAL students.

88.5% of these students had exceeded Level 4 by the end of Year 7.

A range of interventions and the use of Whizz Maths with some of the students proved effective in accelerating progress.  10/19 students achieved Level 5 or above by the end of Year 7.

For the 2016-17 Academic year the Year 7 intake has the following students below the 'Expected Standard' (below 100).

  Reading  73  /  147 

  Writing   74  /  147 

  Maths     75  /  147 

The DfE has confirmed that schools will receive the same amount of Year 7 catch up premium funding as they received in 2015/16 adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of the Year 7 cohort, based on the October 2016 census.  Actual funding will be confirmed in due course. 

Please note the data above is currently being updated for the 2017 academic year - 1st November 2017.