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Year 7 Catch Up

The school receives Year 7 Catch Up Premium.

In 2017/18, the payment received amounted to £5,867. Historically this was paid per pupil in Year 7 who failed to achieve a level 4 by the end of KS2 (all pupils in the cohort). The formula was adjusted in 2016/17 so that the school will always receive a similar amount per pupil as the previous year, adjusted for increases or decreases in the cohort size. In 2016/17 Woodlane received £7,700 and had the same sized cohort in 2018/19 leading to the same amount allocated.

The DfE suggests that a school should, “assess the individual needs of each of the pupils who attract the year 7 catch-up premium to decide the best way to use the funding”. Suggestions include; “individual tuition, intensive small-group tuition, external services and materials, summer schools that help students catch up over a short period of time.”


2018/19 Impact:

The school uses Year 7 Catch Up Funding to support the work of the Year 7 Transition teachers but allowing for targeted interventions to be coordinated and delivered by the school’s Lead Practitioner. These interventions range from basic literacy skills, touch typing, dyslexia support to numeracy. The outstanding work undertaken in Year 7 allows all pupils to make outstanding progress and ensure other elements such as attendance are high compared to the rest of the school and national figures.

The table above demonstrates that, compared to the school's flight path, almost all pupils met their expected progress. Almost 50% of pupils were exceeding their expectations after only one year at the school.

A pupil needs to be working within the level above their expected level to be ‘exceeding expectations’. This is a cumulative form of assessment, which builds on all previous years. Therefore, the older the pupil, the greater the opportunity to exceed expectations. A different form of assessment, using the Yearly Extension Targets assessment (below) is much more useful as it provides a snapshot of progress from this year only, allowing Year 7 progress to be assessed alongside their Woodlane peers.

The table above highlights that a very high proportion of Year 7 Yearly Extension Targets (green) were met in 2018/19. The proportion is around 5% higher than the rest of the school. 

Year 7 attendance was 93.5% compared to the whole school figure of 90.4%.

Year 7 accounted for 30% of all referrals, whilst Year 7 pupils accounted for 21.3% of the school cohort. Although this is high, the excellent behaviour of KS4 pupils and significantly reduced number of office referrals highlights that transition and KS3 as a whole prepares pupils well for KS4. This allows pupils time to adapt and take on school rules and expectations, leading to a significant decrease in referrals over time.

For more information on pupil progress, see our data dashboard.