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Discovery Academy

MacIntyre Academies

Year 7 Catch Up Premium

Spending and Impact 2015-17

2015 – 16
We received a sum of £2,500 to support Year 7 children who had not reached the expected standard in reading or maths in their summer assessments.

We were immediately able to provide smaller class sizes and 1-1 or 2-1 support as part of our provision. Therefore this additional funding was spent on resources (including laptops available to each child as necessary) enabling us to facilitate more interest in their work in lessons.

This included:
Class sets of reading texts – Barnaby Brocket, Holes and titles by Tom Gates that have a variety of fonts and icons in to break away from traditional formatting.
Practical resources for English e.g. conversation cubes, story writing prompts and Eye level reading rulers.
Practical maths resources e.g. sand timers, calculators, tape measures, sorting games, Uno, playing cards, dice, 2D and 3D shapes, memory games, interlocking and  fraction cubes.


Data for these children during the year showed better than expected progress in reading (1.1 years) although their improvements were most notable in attendance, well being and self regulation in a new educational setting.



2016 -17
Similarly we received £1,625 for the second year we were open. The appointment of Literacy and Numeracy lead practitioners enabled us to introduce simple base line testing for all pupils, not just those below expectations in Y7. The baselining gave us reliable data and the interventions significant impact.

The impact has that we have been able to target support to meet specific need. (1 day a week of a TA timetabled for Numeracy (Tuesday) and Literacy (Wednesday) interventions)
Additional targeted spending on later KS2 early KS3 practical resources for Maths has been beneficial in engaging learners and showing the applications and practical side to mathematics.

An extensive new reading scheme (c £2,000)and creating a library of new fiction reading books (c £1,000) has given us impressive data for gains in reading ages. All reading books were assessed for reading ages and catalogued by a colour code that enabled children to progress without explicitly knowing their reading age. The books cover the full range of reading ages; children with a reading age less than 10 are supported with the reading schemes.


There were 13 year 7 who were in school in Sept 2016.

Over the year their average

Reading age went from 10.5-12.0             An average gain of 1yr 7 months in the 10 months Sept 16 to June 17

Spelling age went from 10.6-11.3              Average gain 9 months

Maths age went from 6.8 to 9.5                 Average gain 2 years 9 months




We have invested £900 on dyslexia and dyscalculia testing software and associated staff training. This will further refine our interventions.  Spelling is a top priority.