Year 7 Catch up funding 2016-17

17 pupils in total achieved below the expected standard of a standardised score of 100 in the 2016  key stage 2 assessment tests. One pupil narrowly missed achieving this grade by just 0.5.

In 2016 10 pupils’ standardised score were below 95. The school have developed a curriculum to support vulnerable learners who achieve below expected standard, the Nurture group.  7 pupils who achieved below expected standard are educated in the Nurture group and two in the CRB. 8 pupils who did not achieve expected levels are not part of the nurture group or CRB but are following a specific reading programme in the reading room. Two of these pupils have been identified to access catch up maths programme delivered by the maths department.

All low ability (10 pupils) pupils are accessing sound training, key stage 2 resources will be used initially then progressing to key stage 3. This is not however sufficient to address the skill deficits of these pupils. Pupils have difficulties with phonological awareness, this needs to be addressed.

Current barriers to learning:

  • Medical difficulties which impact upon attendance
  • Difficulties with social skills 
  • Disrupted education
  • Lack of self-confidence and self esteem
  • Poverty



Year 7 pupils who score below expected standard in their KS2 tests are currently following catch up numeracy programme. Nurture group and CRB pupils are following the programme during maths lessons, the remaining pupils (not in Nurture group or CRB) will be provided with additional intervention during which they will follow catch up numeracy programme. This programme was purchased last year using year 7 catch up funding.


How we intend to spend the catch up funding 2016-17

It is estimated we will receive £2,500 of year 7 catch up funding 2016-17, this will be received in school in March.

Year 7 pupils who achieved below expected standard require a specific phonics programme to improve both their reading and spelling ages. Having liaised with other schools, literacy lead Lisa Rodgers and the literacy lead at the Dyslexia team, I have identified an appropriate literacy programme which will develop pupil’s reading skills as well as their phonological awareness.

All pupils falling below expected standard will use the literacy resources. The programme will replace Nurture group and CRB pupil’s English lessons until May half term. The resources will also be accessed by pupils in the reading room and through additional intervention.


How did we spend last year’s funding?

In September 2015 4 pupils entered Norham achieved below expected standard (below level 4 in English and or Maths), two pupils achieved below level 4 in both maths and English, two pupils achieved below level 4 in maths only. Therefore 2015-16 year 7 catch up funding was £2,500.

Pupil’s barriers to learning:

  • Limited vocabulary and difficulties with language
  • Difficulties with social skills and social interactions
  • Lack of family engagement with learning
  • Poverty


To support these specific year 7 pupils to address their skill deficits areas and overcome their barriers to learning the school allocated the funding to professional learning / CPD for two Learning Managers to be trained and equipped in a range of ‘catch up’ strategies to support pupils with low literacy and low numeracy skills in Year 7. These members of staff were trained to deliver specific catch up intervention.

Despite catch up support 2 pupils continued to struggle to make progress throughout year 7. Easter 2016 the remaining catch up funding was used to contribute towards the employment a part time teacher to deliver catch up numeracy and literacy daily.



Both pupils who achieved below level 4 in English achieved a level 4 by the end of year 7, both pupils made one full level progress which is greater than ELP for a year 7 pupils.  Four pupils achieved below level 4 in their key stage 2 SAT examinations in maths.  50% of pupils achieved expected levels of progress in maths by the end of year 7, one pupil greater than expected levels of progress. Two pupils did not achieve expected progress in maths, one pupil achieved 1 sub level of progress, one pupil did not progress towards expected standard, both pupils are now supported through SEN.