Pupil premium is funding to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England.  Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils.  The primary aim is to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

We will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals, or who have been registered as eligible in the past 6 years:

  • £955 for pupils in year 7 to year 11
  • £2,345 for Children Looked After (CLA) by the local authority and each pupil who has been adopted from care or has left care

The Government believes schools are best placed to decide how best to assess what additional provision is required for the individual pupils within their responsibility, and our principles for the use of this funding are rooted in:

  • Investing in high quality teaching;
  • Targeted high-quality support;
  • Wider support that includes developing cultural capital and supporting with behavioural and social and emotional needs

How is the funding spent and what impact does it have?

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Literacy and Numeracy Funding

Catch-Up Premium

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).

A pupil awarded a scaled score of 100 (a reading age of above 10 years) or more has met the expected standard in each test.

A pupil awarded a scaled score of 99 (a reading age of below 10 years) or less has not met the expected standard in the test.

At Holy Cross, we use this premium to provide strategies and interventions which are specifically aimed at pupils who require support in literacy and numeracy. A significant amount of the funding is spent on the Accelerated Reader programme. We also ensure that all pupils receive regular reading time in tutor time to encourage reading for pleasure. At least one tutor time is dedicated to reading each week and each tutor group is provided with a book box with a large selection of books to suit all reading ages. Furthermore, literacy and numeracy tutor activities are provided by the English and Maths department weekly to provide all pupils throughout the school with opportunities to develop their skills.

We have invested in the transition programme to support improved attainment on entry and each of our feeder primaries have liaised with our lead teacher of English. Each Year 6 pupil received a reading book, ‘Sky Hawk’ that they read at the end of year, alongside a literacy pack of activities to complement the book.  A scheme of learning based on the book has been developed which will be used with pupils in their first term of Year 7 to bridge the gap.

We have targeted intervention groups in which pupils work in small groups with learning support specialists to carry out a personalised curriculum. They are able to develop their knowledge of phonics, handwriting, spellings and they carry out a range of programmes including IDL, Read, Write, Inc, ‘Toe to Toe’, numeracy work out and ‘Power of 2’ which enable learners to develop their literacy and numeracy skills.

Pupils and Catch-Up Premium

  • Pupils on roll in Year 7 (2019-20) – 199
  • Number of pupils with a scaled score of 99 or less in reading – 49 (25%)
  • Number of pupils with a scaled score of 99 or less in maths – 99 (15%)
  • Total amount of Catch-Up Premium (indicative) – £12 000

Year 7 Catch-Up Premium 2018/19

Holy Cross received £12 045 in funding for the Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up. The money was predominantly spent on the Accelerated Reader programme and on resources for mathematics. Literacy and numeracy programmes commence in Year 7 and continue to the end of year 9 and beyond. In September 2019 Holy Cross bought in to Bedrock Vocabulary to enhance the reading abilities of new Year 7 pupils.

26 pupils started Year 7 with a scaled score of below 100 (a reading age of below 10 years) and these pupils were targeted by the catch up premium. As a result of the intervention provided, 93% of pupils made progress and 45% of these pupils made significant progress, increasing their reading age to above 10 years in order to meet the expected standard. The average reading age increase for each of the targeted pupils was 12 months. Across KS3, there is confirmation of improved reading as evidenced with the Accelerated Reading and Star Tests in which 80% of pupils have demonstrated progress with an average reader increase of 10 months.

The Accelerated Reader programme has also contributed to improved literacy across the school. We have invested heavily in our school library and continually increase the availability of library books, which has proved extremely popular. In 2016/17, 4532 books were loaned from the library, in comparison to 4663 books loaned in 2015/16, 2962 books were loaned in 2014/15 and 753 books loaned in 2013/14. In addition, we celebrated the achievement of 40 pupils who became word millionaires in 2016/17 and 12 of these pupils were multi-millionaires. This is a 50% increase in word millionaires from the previous year.

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