How are schools using catch-up funding?
The ways in which schools are using catch-up funding for Year 7 literacy and numeracy can be illustrated and summarised by the following quote: ‘Interventions and additional staffing.’ These two interlinked strands, however, take a variety of forms:
• Funding staff wages to provide additional adults in class (e.g. TAs and HLTAs).
• Providing specialist teachers (e.g. in reading).
• Hiring extra teachers to reduce class sizes.
• Funding additional forms of support:
~ nurture groups
~ summer schools or holiday lessons
~ a residential to improve learners’ confidence or resilience
~ taxis to and from school to ensure attendance
~ reward trips for children attending interventions during their lunchtimes
~ funding 1:1 support or small group intervention, either by in-house staff or external tutors
~ funding payment for particular resources or intervention software, where the following were mentioned:
o Read Write Inc.
o Sound Training
o Speed Up!
o Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Maths
o Success for All
Where does catch-up money go?
‘We spend catch-up on SFA [Success for All] – around £10,000 each year.’
‘Just nurture groups in Year 7 and soon Year 8. Also summer school is a success, with some focus on catch-up (£3,000).’
‘Mainly staffing costs for above [small intense group work]. A small amount goes to resources for this group.’
‘Intervention tutors – unsure of exact cost.’
‘Catch-up funding is approximately £20k and this is spent upon specialist reading staff wages.’
‘We do not get any catch-up funding – or if we do, as a head of department for a core subject I don’t see it.’
About this research: SchoolZone consulted with 50 secondary schools in December 2016 to ask them what issues they faced in addressing the demands of the new school accountability measures and closing the gap for Year 7 students. Research was commissioned by SAM Learning, who provide a cost-effective framework for Targeted Intervention. Click here to find out more.