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Year 7 Catchup

Year 7 catch-up funding was used to help those students that arrive at Sponne School with a National Curriculum level below a level 4 in English and/or maths. The aim was to support these students in a variety of ways to reach level 4 by the end of the year.

This was achieved through small group teaching and support along with 1:1 sessions by dedicated members of staff in each faculty. There was also additional time and support during tutor time in which 15 minute short, sharp teaching sessions took place.

There were 4 students that were below level 4 in both English and maths.


September 2015 – 11 students started in year 7 below a level 4 in English. Through targeted intervention, 8 of these students achieved a level 4. Those that did not, were on mid to high level 3 from low starting points.

In maths, 10 students arrived below level 4. From their starting points, 2 students made 3 sub-levels of progress, 3 students made 2 sub-levels of progress and 3 made 1 sub-level of progress. Of the students that did not reach level 4, they did end the year on mid to high level 3s.

Total funding: £8500 which was for two members of staff to specifically work with these students.


Funding is expected to remain the same for the new academic year yet the number of students falling into this category has increased following the changes to the Year 6 SAT grading. Any student scoring below 100 in either English or maths will be considered to be within the catch-up parameters. There are no plans for SAT exams to be re-sat and therefore we have been looking at ways to monitor progress.

36 students scored lower than 100 on the Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Assessment

42 students scored lower than 100 on the Reading Assessment

39 students scored lower than 100 on the Maths Assessment

Of these, 12 students scored lower than 100 in all 3 areas.

This year, students will sit an unseen GL Assessments baseline test. The reports from these will be scrutinised by the relevant faculty and will be used to inform planning and teaching.

A rigorous tracking and monitoring process will be in place to assist in identifying levels of progress. Small group and 1:1 support will be provided both within lessons and also at tutor time where 15 minute sessions will take place. Progress will be monitored from the baseline assessments.

Funding: Two members of support staff will lead the intervention sessions whilst tracking and monitoring the progress of the students.

Year 7 Catch-Up Review will take place in September 2017