The Government has made a commitment to provide additional funding (£500 per pupil) to schools for each year 7 pupil who did not achieve at least level 4 in the Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests in reading and/or mathematics. The purpose of this funding is to enable schools to deliver additional support, such as individual tuition or intensive support in small groups, for those pupils that most need it.

How do we plan to spend the current academic year’s (2016-17) allocation?

As a school we will use this funding to target interventions based on student needs. Currently we plan to offer some of the following interventions to pupils:

  • One-to-one support
  • The Accelerated Reader reading programme
  • Readers Club
  • Small group maths intervention
  • EAL tutorials
  • Support from External Agencies

How did we spend the previous academic year’s (2015-16) allocation

In the academic year 2015-16 we used a range of strategies as listed above and were pleased with the success.

Of the cohort eligible for catch up funding in English in last year’s year 7; 80% made 1+ sub level of progress, 70% made 2+ sub levels of progress and 40% made 3+ sub levels of progress in English.

By the end of Year 7, 70% of those Year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in the Key Stage 2 national curriculum reading test were working at level 4 or above. By the beginning of Year 8, 70% of these pupils were making at least expected progress in English.

Of the cohort eligible for catch up funding in maths in last year’s year 7; 86% made 1+ sub level of progress, 55% made 2+ sub levels of progress and 14% made 3+ sub levels progress in maths.

By the end of Year 7, 55% of those Year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in the Key Stage 2 national curriculum mathematics test were making at least expected progress in Maths.

At Pleckgate High School pupil progress is assessed twice termly and intensive support is provided to all pupils who are not making the expected level of progress or better.