Notre Dame Catholic College has made a sustained contribution to the education of its students since 1869 and underpinned by our Catholic ethos and the foundation of the Sisters of Notre Dame is committed to its duty to ensure that every individual child is given the best possible chance of achieving their potential.

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Pupil Premium Policy 2016

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and paid by means of a specific grant based on the January school census figures for students registered as eligible for Free School Meals from Year 7 to Year 11. Additional Pupil Premium funding is available for Children Looked After and for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. In April 2012 the funding was extended to include EVER6FSM, that is, any student who is or had been eligible for FSM during the previous six years.

This premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these students and to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and those who are not eligible for free school meals by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The Government is not instructing schools about how they should spend this money; it is not ring‐fenced and schools ‘are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit DfE 2011. The Government however is clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘close the gap’. Schools will be accountable for closing the gap.There is a planned reform to the school performance tables to include new measures that show the attainment of students who receive the pupil premium compared with their peers.

The Pupil Premium, together with all other forms of funding, is carefully managed to enable us to offer personalised support for all our students in a range of ways. The funding will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and raise the standard of achievement for the students who are eligible. It will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these students and their peers. This additional funding will ensure that a significant impact is made on the education and the lives of the students who need it most.

The Headteacher and Governing Body have agreed a policy for Pupil Premium to guide the use of funds and ensure that it represents value for money. It is clearly important that we can be confident that the Pupil Premium along with other funding for the college is having the intended effect of providing for the individual educational needs of every student. Therefore, the Headteacher and Leadership Team will regularly and rigorously monitor, evaluate and review the strategies that have been put into place for Pupil Premium and report to the governing body on its impact. The college received £274,000 in the academic year 2012-2013 based on figures of 441 students. In the academic year 2013-2014 the college received £361,349 based on figures of 413 students.

Year 7 Catch Up Literacy Premium Update: September 2016

Year 7 Literacy allocation for the current 2016-17

The allocation for this year has yet to be confirmed. As of September 2016, there were 58 Year 7 students who have not yet met their expected level of progress in Reading and SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) at the end of KS2. Three different levels of support will be offered to pupils. In group 1, 9 pupils have been identified as requiring a specialist level of support. These pupils were dis-applied from KS2 testing or scored very poorly on the externally marked tests. In group 2, there are 12 pupils who, having been further assessed, will follow the Catch Up Literacy programme in order to reach the functional reading age of 10 years and 6 months. The remaining 30 who have a reading age of greater than 10 years and 6 months, but are below the expected level of literacy (Reading and SPaG) at Key Stage 2, will attend a bespoke “Follow On” programme. 7 pupils are in the process of being assessed for an appropriate intervention programme.

Details of how you intend to spend your allocation

The college will continue to use Catch Up Literacy, a one to one intervention programme that is suitable for all struggling readers whose reading age is significantly below that expected for their chronological age. Pupils have to meet three criteria in order to complete the programme successfully: meet all their Catch Up targets; be able to understand and spell 240 key words and be within at least 6 months of their chronological reading age. A “Follow On” programme for those completing Catch Up will be delivered by LSAs, the Reading Champion and literacy booster sessions (for those pupils working below the expected level) will also be taught in English lessons. Year 7 pupils will begin the programme in October 2016.

Details of how you spent the previous academic year’s allocation 2015-16

The school chose to implement the Catch Up Literacy programme (2×15 minute sessions per week) in order to improve the literacy skills of pupils in Year 7 (2015-16) who had started KS3 below level 4 in English or who have a below average chronological reading age. These pupils will be studying the new GCSE curriculum in 2018 and will certificate in 2020. These GCSEs will be linear with an emphasis on the quality of written communication and higher order literacy skills.

Once pupils had been identified as requiring Catch Up intervention (CATs, SATs, Group Reading Test), they were re-tested using the Salford Reading Test (a diagnostic test recommended by the Catch Up Programme). Pupils were then given 1:1 support either through Literacy Catch Up intervention sessions or specialist SENISS/EMTAS (50 minutes per week) provision. For those pupils for whom the programme was not suitable (because they had reached their chronological reading age), literacy booster sessions (aimed at level 3 students) were delivered in class (4×15 minutes per week). We also provided “Follow On” literacy intervention sessions (2×30 minutes per week) for those who had completed the Catch Up programme which focused on developing reading and writing skills with an emphasis on SPaG, sentence construction, writing organisation and higher reading skills. Staff training cost £620 (the Follow On training programme) and resources amounted to £1,490.93. The resources for the Literacy booster sessions cost £400. The remaining money was spent on staffing with 1 qualified teacher, 2 LSAs and the school’s Reading Champion delivering the Catch Up and Follow On programmes at various times during the year.

How it made a difference to the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding

There were 26 pupils identified as having a reading level of 3 or below at the end of KS2. 1 pupil left during the year and 1 pupil had a long term absence. Another pupil received provision from a specialist sensory support teacher. The intervention given was tailored to their specific needs. Below is a summary of progress of the pupils in the academic year 2015-2016:

Name of pupil KS2 reading level Type of intervention Reading age in Sept 2015 Reading age in June 2016 Progress made in months TA level in June 2016
Student 1 3a Catch Up 8.09 12.03 42 4c
Student 2 3a Catch Up 9.06 12.03 33 4c (Polish)
Student 3 3b Catch Up 8.00 11.00 24 3a
Student 4 2b Catch Up 6.11 8.00 13 3b
Student 5 2b Specialist teacher 7.02 7.03 1 3c
Student 6 3c Catch Up 8.03 Abs 3b
Student 7 3b Catch Up 8.00 8.00 No change 3a
Student 8 3c Catch Up moved to specialist 8.09 11.06 33 3a
Student 9 3b Catch Up 8.09 12.05 44 3a
Student 10 3c Catch Up 8.03 8.05 2 4c
Student 11 3a Catch Up 8.03 8.08 5 4b
Student 12 3a Catch Up 9.06 8.08 -10 3a
Student 13 3a Catch Up 8.09 14.03 66 4b
Student 14 3a Catch Up 11.06 13.02 20 4a
Student 15 3c Follow on 3a
Student 16 3b Follow on 4c
Student 17 3a Specialist teacher 7.09 8.08 11 4c (sensory)
Student 18 3b Follow on 4c
Student 19 3a Follow on 3b
Student 20 3a Follow on 4c
Student 21 3a Follow on 4b
Student 22 3b Follow on 3a
Student 23 3a Follow on 4c
Student 24 3a Follow on 3a
Student 25 3c Follow on 3b
Student 26 3a Follow on 4b

13 out of 26 or 50% of pupils achieved their target of level 4c and above.

50% who were not achieving level 4c also made the following progress:

1 pupil (4%) made 3 sub levels of progress

4 pupils made 2 sub levels of progress

5 pupils made 1 sub level of progress

1 pupil maintained their level

1 pupil fell by 1 sub level

Year 7 Catch Up Numeracy Premium Update: September 2016

Year 7 Numeracy allocation for the current 2016-17

The allocation for this year has yet to be confirmed. As of September 2016, there were 75 Year 7 pupils who have not yet met their expected level of progress in mathematics at the end of KS2. 69 of these pupils will follow the Catch Up programme. 6 pupils will require a specialist level of support.

Details of how you intend to spend your allocation

Catch Up Numeracy focuses on developing number skills. The impact of this will be shown in the progress of the number age for each child. This is essential, as fluency in number underpins all other areas of mathematics (algebra, shape, data and measurement). The KS3 end of year assessments show the pupils’ progress in all areas of mathematics.

If the initial assessment of the number age of pupils is well below their chronological age of 11 years, it will be more difficult for those pupils to close the gap with their peers. This is evidenced in the data – pupils who met or exceeded their Year 7 target grade, had a higher number age.

After completing the Catch Up Numeracy programme, if a pupil has not closed the gap with their target grade, they will move on to a numeracy Follow On programme to develop basic skills in the other areas of mathematics.

Details of how you spent the previous academic year’s allocation 2015-16

Notre Dame Catholic College received £13,500 for the academic year 2015-2016 as part of the Year 7 Catch Up Premium.  The Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Premium provides schools with an additional £500 for each Year 7 pupil who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or mathematics at the end of KS2. In Notre Dame last year, there were 11 students who were eligible for Catch Up Numeracy.

This was the third year we had offered Catch Up Numeracy to our pupils. The programme began in September 2015. 2 LSAs were assigned to deliver Catch Up Numeracy on a full time basis.

Each of the 11 pupils identified, received two 15-minute 1: 1 sessions a week, delivered by a teaching assistant who had undertaken the Catch Up training programme.

The pupilss identified were given a base line test. Initially, we used the NFER base line test, however, we found that this tested all aspects of Mathematics and the Catch Up programme addressed number skills specifically. We made the decision to baseline again (in March) using a number age test.

Item Description Cost Purpose
Staffing –Teaching Assistants. On-going salary costs £4860 To provide high quality 1-1 support for pupils on the Catch Up programme from fully trained staff.
Resources Games and propsStationary, storage, photocopying £260£500 To engage and motivate pupils in their understanding of concepts and skills.To ensure pupils have appropriate equipment and resources.

Year 7 Catch Up Numeracy programme 2015-16

Name of pupil KS2 Year 6 maths level Year 7 baseline maths level Sep. 2015 Year 7 Target level July 2016 Year 7 maths level July 2016 Number Age Sep. 2015 Number Age July 2016 Progress made in months
Pupil 1 2b 2b 2a Transferred to new setting
Pupil 2 3a 3c 4c 3c 8 years 10 years 4 months 21
Pupil 3 3a 3a 4c 4c 9 years   5 months 10 years11 months 18
Pupil 4 3a 3a 4c 4c 11 years 4 months 12 years   1 month 21
Pupil 5 3a 3a 4c 4b 11 years 2 months 11 years 9 months 7
Pupil 6 3a 3a 4c 3a 10 years 1 month Long term absence
Pupil 7 2b 2b 2a 2b 7 years   5 months 8 years10 months 17
Pupil 8 3b 2a 3a 3c 10 years   1 month 10 years   11 months 10
Pupil 9 3b 3c 3a 3c 8 years   7 months 9 years9 months 14
Pupil 10 2b 2b 2a 2b 6 years   6 months No change
Pupil 11 3b 3b 3a 3a 10 years   4 months 11 years     6 months 14


There were originally 11 pupils on this course, however, pupil number 1 transferred to a new setting, and pupil number 6 had long term absence due to illness.

Therefore the analysis reflects the outcomes of 9 pupils.

Numeracy Catch up programme (basic number skills)

89% (8 out of 9 pupils) increased their number age.

67% (6 out of 9 pupils) increased their number age by more than 12 months.

22% (2 out of 9 pupils) increased their number age 6-11 months.

11 % (1 pupil out of 9) have maintained their number age, however, this pupil has been transferred to a specialist teacher for additional and different support.

Target levels

NOTE: It is expected that pupils will achieve 1 sub level progress during Year 7.

33% (3 out of pupils) achieved their expected target level.

11% (1 out of 9 pupils) achieved above their expected target level.

56% (5 out 9 pupils) are working towards their expected target level. Of these 5 pupils:

  • 44% (4 pupils) on entry had numeracy ages significantly below their chronological age and despite making more than 12 months progress in numeracy age, maintained their level compared to that on entry in September.

NOTE: The baseline tests of 2 pupils on entry scored less than their KS2 scores and therefore show a decrease of one sub level. However, they have maintained their level when comparing baseline data.

  • 11% (1 pupil) have been transferred to a specialist teacher for additional and different support.

Pupils achieving target level 4

33% (3 out of 9 pupils) achieved target level 4.

67% (6 out of 9 pupils) are working towards target level 4. Of these 5 pupils:

All had number ages well below their chronological ages and therefore would have difficulty in achieving level 4. Number skills affect a pupil’s ability in accessing basic mathematics content of level 4 and above.