Pool Hayes Academy, Castle Drive, Willenhall, West Midlands WV12 4QZ

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Year 7 Catch Up Premium

We believe that every school has a duty to ensure that each individual child is entitled to the best possible chance of achieving their potential.

Consequently, we have a full plan to ensure that we use our Year 7 funding to address national inequalities between the achievement of those children who arrive in Year 7 at different stages despite not being different ages.

The Year 7 Catch Up funding is granted to schools based on the number of students who are known to be not secondary ready for reading or Maths at the end of Year 6.

It is our responsibility to allocate this funding in the best possible way to break-down barriers to learning and to secure the best possible progress for each child.


April 2017 to August 2018:

Pool Hayes Academy received £25, 500 of Year 7 Catch-Up Funding in the current financial year and are directing that funding to support learning for all students who are ‘not secondary ready’.

Effectively, we are putting the Year 7 Catch-Up funding towards a range of interventions which combine new approaches alongside tried-and-trusted methods from 2015-2016. The interventions and approximate costings are laid out below:

Literacy Intervention:

Literacy Co-Ordinator:                                                                                                                                  £3000

A specified English teacher to take sole charge of the overall implementation of Literacy at Key Stage 3. This role covers all of Key Stage 3 but is also proportioned to Year 7 ‘Catch Up’ pupils.

Literacy Programme:                                                                                                                                   £2000

Qualified Teaching Staff (who are rated as at least “Good”) to deliver the Literacy programme for year 7 catch up pupils and using appropriate resources.

 Teaching Assistants specifically for Literacy Interventions:                                                          £5000

2 members of support staff to assist in delivering ‘Quality First Teaching’ to pupils not hitting age appropriate levels. These members of staff will also deliver Wave 3 Literacy to pupils requiring additional Literacy.

Sound Training:                                                                                                                                          £8000

A reading intervention programme delivered over a six – week period in small high intensity sessions.  All pupils who require additional Literacy Intervention will receive this support in year 7.

Maths/Numeracy Intervention:

Pet Xi                                                                                                                                                            £5000

An external ‘high intensity’ intervention ran over a one week period to pupils requiring intense teaching to reduce the gap between themselves and their peers.

Teaching staff                                                                                                                                           £5000

A sole member of the Maths department to run small high intensity ‘catch up’ sessions to pupils requiring additional support outside of the classroom to reduce the gap between themselves and their peers.

Impact of the Interventions 2016-17: