In March 2013 the Deputy Prime Minister made a commitment to provide additional funding to schools for every student in Year 7 who had not achieved level 4 in reading and/or maths at Key Stage 2.
Schools receive an additional premium of £500 for each Year 7 student who has not achieved at least level 4 in reading and/or maths (maximum £500 per pupil) at Key Stage 2. The premium is available to all state-funded schools with a Year 7 cohort. The Government have committed to continuing the funding for at least the duration of the current spending review – to 2015.
Norden High School & Sports College received £10.000 in catch-up funding in March 2015.
So far in this academic year we have allocated the funding in the following way:
Literacy catch-up funding has helped fund a Year 7 'Poetry in Motion' event in January 2015 where all students in Year 7 attended Whiteough Outdoor Activity Centre for a day in the company of staff and a poet. The day was followed up with a poetry writing masterclass which has significantly impacted on boys' literacy and engagement.
There will be a number of numeracy-based events later in this academic year, including a Mathematics Quiz within the Year 7 cohort and a Parents and Children numeracy activity event.