Year 7 Catch Up

Year 7 catch-up funding was used to help those students that arrive at Sponne School with a scaled score below 100 in English and/or maths. The aim was to support these students in a variety of ways to achieve a satisfactory level of progress. Although there are no clear guidelines on what is expected, based on our assessment process, we aim to move students to a grade 1 based on the new grading system.

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.

41 students had a score below 100 in maths

40 students had a score below 100 in reading

47 students had a score below 100 in English GPS

There were 25 students that were below a scaled score of 100 in both English and maths.

All of these students received a new baseline test to ensure that the Key Stage 2 data was accurate and were then allocated additional support both in class and then from Christmas, additional time and support was provided from some PE lessons by the Faculty Progress Co-ordinators.


From January 2018 – 26 students continued to receive support in English but also additional support through PE lessons. 6 of these students finished the year still on a Foundation grade. However, 2 of them did make a considerable jump in their progress. Of those that were baseline assessed and found to be on a Foundation grade, 6 achieved a Grade 1 or higher. 5 students, when initially assessed, were found to be on or above a grade 1. These students all made progress.

In maths, 37 students arrived below 100 in maths. From their starting points, 21 students (57%) achieved above their end of year target. Of these, 9 scored a Grade 1 or higher. When individual test scores are noted, virtually all of the group were performing higher on the post tests compared to the pre-test. Retention is a key issue and is something that maths have been focusing on. The mastery curriculum in year 7 will continue for a number of these students as they move up the school to assist in recall of key information and processes.

Total funding: £8900 which was for two members of staff to specifically work with these students.


Funding will remain the same for the new academic year although the number of students is different. There has been no change to funding guidance. 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.

35 students scored lower than 100 on the Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Assessment or had no score

29 students scored lower than 100 on the Reading Assessment or had no score

34 students scored lower than 100 on the Maths Assessment or had no score

Of these, 18 students scored lower than 100 in all 3 areas although 4 of these students have no score.

This year, students will sit a subject-set baseline test. The outcomes 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: The Faculty Progress Co-ordinators will have specific classes this year with identified students in. This will provide a greater level of support and will also avoid students missing other subjects. Being run at the same time as the remaining half od the year will allow it to be fully inclusive.

Year 7 Catch-Up Review will take place in September 2019

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