Ridgewood Community High School, Eastern Avenue, Burnley, Lancashire BB10 2AT

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Ridgewood High School

Inspire today achieve tomorrow

INTENT

What is Y7 Catch Up Fund? 

The Government provides this funding to ensure that all pupils who have not achieved the relevant targets by the end of Year 6 are given every opportunity to make progress in Year 7.  

(Low attainment is defined as attainment below age-related expectations in a particular curriculum subject or skill). 

Examples of Y7 catch up interventions include: 

  • Individual tuition 
  • Intensive small-group tuition 
  • External services and support materials and equipment.  

IMPLEMENTATION  

At Ridgewood, additional resources and support are put in place in order to support year 7 pupils and enable them to make progress in reading, writing, maths and behaviour for learning. 

Using data provided from feeder primary schools and initial baseline assessments * completed within the first 2 weeks at Ridgewood, Y7 pupils who need extra support are identified and programmes that are proven to be effective are selected. 

*Diagnostic assessments are used to make decisions about how to support low attaining year 7 pupils and to pinpoint exactly what it is they are struggling with. Once decisions about which approaches to use are taken, implementation is carefully planned, and self-evaluation becomes an integral part of the process. 

 

IMPACT (2019-20)

Spending the Grant  

Funding allocation for the year 2019-2020 

For the Academic year 2019 to 2020, Ridgewood received £10,092 Year 7 Catch up funding.                        

The grant was used to fund the following: 

Spending: 

Cost 

No of pupils targeted 

Impact 

Purchase of fiction and non-fiction books that relate to 

  • the interests of the children 
  • the new thematic approach of our current Year 7 learners. 

 

£1,300 

21 

Renewed interest of books and love of reading. 

Books successfully enhanced resources for teaching and learning of new Y7 topics. 

Additional TA hours and the purchase of supporting resources to complete baseline assessments for maths, reading levels, word recognition and BPVS. 

 

£1,860 

21 

Diagnostic testing identified strengths and weakness of individual pupils to inform specific intervention need and progress made. 

Equipment / resources for learners so they can learn to express a choice / integrate with their peers- sensory diet /literacy intervention. 

 

£920 

PECS system in place. Non-verbal / low communicative pupils able to make independent choices / read for meaning. 

Equipment to ensure learners’ safety around school /facilitate independence. 

 

£850 

Pupil able to operate independently around school safely. 

Intervention sessions with specialist (Physical Activity) HLTA for learners, including sensory trails, Rebound Therapy, individual Gross Motor programmes. 

 

£770 - Specialist PE equipment  

 

Improvements in all pupils’ behaviour for learning / ready /able to access learning. health benefits. 

Literacy Interventions for individual Y7 children to boost the reading ability where assessments have identified a specific need. 

 

£800 

15 

All pupils made significant improvements in reading scores. 

Additional maths teaching for Y7 pupils provided by Specialist Maths teacher, 1 lesson per week. 

 

£2,713 

12 

Class teacher gained new teaching skills through joint teaching with Specialist maths teacher / CPD. 

Pupils made good progress in maths. 

Sensory intervention support for 5 learners, e.g.  programmes for PECS / sensory symbols 

£1,000 

All learners able to communicate needs for lunch and snack times and other communication requests, personal to individuals. 

The implementation of a thematic approach for KS3 curriculum in order to close gaps in teaching & learning, following careful planning & piloting. 

£1,490 

21 

The implementation of a thematic approach for KS3 curriculum has closed gaps in teaching & learning. 

Teachers are able to complete ‘Deep Dives’ to correlate this planning with individual pupil needs / EHCPs. 

 

  

Governor Oversight 

Our governing board is responsible for overseeing our school's financial performance and making sure that money, including catch-up premium funds, are well spent.  

Governors ask questions during governors' meetings about how we use the premium and what impact the spending is having on our eligible pupils.  

 

 

IMPACT (2020-21)

What is Ridgewood’s allocation for the current year? 

For the academic year 2020-2021, Ridgewood has been allocated a total of £15,714.  

 

What will be the impact of this year’s expenditure?  

This year’s expected impact is shown in table below. 

 

How will the current year’s grant be spent? 

Spending examples: 

No of pupils targeted 

Expected Impact 

Purchase of new reading scheme books that relate to

  • the interests of the children and  
  • link to individual learning levels 

30 

Renewed interest of books and love of reading. 

Books successfully enhanced resources for teaching and learning of new Y7 topics. 

Purchase of additional practical maths equipment., including Numicon resources. 

 

30 

Pupils have access to practical maths aids to reinforce learning in maths. 

Additional TA hours and the purchase of supporting resources to complete baseline assessments for maths, reading levels, word recognition and BPVS. 

 

30 

Diagnostic testing identified strengths and weakness of individual pupils to inform specific intervention need and progress made. 

Equipment / resources for ASC learners so they can follow a bespoke timetable including a sensory diet / within a specialist classroom. 

(Safe Space / Sensory profiling assessments / Sensory OT input. Specialist teaching provision). 

All ASC leaners have access to bespoke learning. Packages. 

Equipment to facilitate independence for a pupil with VI, including Braille reading scheme and Braille Machine. 

 

Pupil able to learn to read and write independently through Brialle. 

Intervention sessions with specialist (Physical Activity) HLTA for learners, including sensory trails, Rebound Therapy, individual Gross Motor programmes. 

 

16 

Improvements in all pupils’ behaviour for learning / ready /able to access learning. health  

 benefits. 

Literacy Interventions for individual Y7 children to boost the reading ability where assessments have identified a specific need. 

 

30 

All pupils make significant improvements in reading scores. 

Equipment / resources for learners so they can learn to express a choice / integrate with their peers- sensory diet /literacy intervention. 

 

PECS system in place. Non-verbal / low communicative pupils able to make independent choices / read for meaning. 

Sensory intervention support for learners, e.g.  programmes for PECS / sensory symbols 

All learners able to communicate needs for lunch and snack times and other communication requests, personal to individuals. 

Creation of an additional Y7 class to accommodate increased Y7 intake. 

New classroom has an interactive touch screen to provide access to interactive learning platforms and enhance teaching and learning experiences. £190 - Brail Reading Scheme