St James School

St James Catch Up Funding

St James Catch Up Funding               Updated: November 2016

 

Catch-up funding 2015-2016

For this academic year there were 32 students who were eligible for catch-up funding. This meant that the school received £16,000 in catch-up funding.

  • The majority of the money was spent on providing small classes in English and maths. This was in effect, an extra teacher for maths and English. Assuming that, with on costs this costs £30 (which is a conservative estimate) an hour then this cost £4,680 for maths and £5,850 for English (as an extra English lesson was also provided).
  • Students who needed to catch up also had an additional 2 hours of extra literacy lessons a week in small groups. Three groups ran last year. Assuming HLTA costs of £15 an hour including on costs, this totalled £3,510 for the year.
  • 4 students were further supported by 1:1 reading time with a TA and this costs approximately £10 an hour and some were supported in tutor time with homework and with organisation of work. The reading support costs approximately £780.
  • 3 students had additional support through work to improve auditory processing difficulties as these can impact on performance in class. This costs approximately £12 an hour and so cost approximately £460.
  • 6 students also accessed additional mentoring or social skills support which, in turn, allowed them to access learning in the classroom more effectively. This cost approximately £460.
  • Many of the students also had touch typing and handwriting sessions so they could write and record their work more effectively. The cost for the year was approximately £238. Homework Club is also provided by the school and was accessed by some of the students who were eligible for catch-up funding and they also had other support which has not been costed such as additional transitional support from the SENCo, TAs and pastoral team including an extra day of transition in the autumn term before they joined the school.
  • Finally, the students who were supported through being in the smallest maths and English classes, with a highly targeted curriculum, also benefitted from TA support in those lessons. This has not been costed here as it was paid for from SEN funding.

 

In 2015-2016 there were:

15 students who entered the school with reading SATS results of below level 4. There were 15 students who entered the school with maths SATS results of below level 4.

By the end of the year:

12 out of 15 had achieved level 4 or better in reading in English, judging by their End of Year report or Optional Testing. This equates to 80%. 9 out of 15 had achieved level 4 or better in maths, judging by their End of Year report. This equates to 60%.

 

Catch-up funding 2016-17

 

For this academic year there are 68 students who have entered the school with SATS results of less than 100 in English and 57 with SATS results of less than 100 in maths. 100 is the standard score for these tests. It is not clear how much the funding will be for students this year but we anticipate that it will not be less than the £16,000 received last year. As a school and in consultation with the primary schools and parents, we have drawn up similar supportive measures for the students whom we have judged to be least ‘secondary ready’ as we did for last year. We have changed the way that we track progress this year so students who achieved the lowest results in their SATS are likely to be judged to be at the level of ‘Year 7 Emerging’ by our new measures. We will be aiming for these students to be at least at the level of ‘Year 7 Developing’ and ideally ‘Year 7 Secure’ by the end of this academic year. Again, the majority of the money will be spent on providing small classes in English and maths. This is in effect, an extra teacher for maths and English. Students who need to catch up also have an additional 2 hours of extra literacy lessons a week in small groups. Three groups are running again year. Where necessary, students will again be further supported by 1:1 reading time with a TA. Some students will also have additional support through work to improve auditory processing difficulties as these can impact on performance in class. Many of the students will also have touch typing and handwriting sessions so they can write and record their work more effectively. Homework Club is also provided by the school and can be accessed by the students who are eligible for catch-up funding and they also will also other support which has not been costed such as additional transitional support from the SENCo, TAs and pastoral team including an extra day of transition in the autumn term before they joined the school. Finally, the students who were supported through being in the smallest maths and English classes, with a highly targeted curriculum, will again also benefit from TA support in many of those lessons.