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Literacy and Numeracy Catchup Premium


The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives state-funded schools, including special schools and alternative provision settings, additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2 (i.e. Achieved a scaled score of under 100 in GPVS, Reading or Maths).

  • In 2018/19, the school received £32,000 as the literacy and numeracy catch-up premium.
  • It is estimated that for 2019/20, the school will receive the same or a similar amount.

As a matter of policy, the school aims to address any underachievement by ensuring high quality first teaching in all lessons and the generality of the school budget is deployed to maximise this.  However, we recognise that in addition to this, some students require additionally differentiated intervention to support them to make sound progress in the curriculum and school leaders deploy additional income such as the catch-up premium to subsidise this.

Rationale and identifying the Catch Up Cohort

The vast majority of our current Year 7 cohort achieved the expected standards in English and Maths by the end of Year 6. This is indicated by their Key Stage 2 scaled score being 100+ for both English and Maths leaving a small but significant cohort within our Year 7 who did not meet the expected levels in English and Maths by the end of Year 6. Of this group, there were a slightly larger number of students in English than Maths, whose performance fell below the expected standard by the end of Year 6. 40 out of 283 students (14%) KS2 scaled score in English was below 100, whereas 17 out of 283 students (6%) KS2 scaled score in Maths was below 100.

Intervention strategies

  • Handwriting intervention.
  • Paired Reading.
  • English and Maths booster sessions.
  • Use of Lexia for SEND students.
  • NGRT and Star testing to measure impact.
  • BEDROCK programme to teach vocabulary.

For the full list of strategies used and an evaluation of their effectiveness, please read the Year 7 Catch Up Premium Report.


Reading Outcomes

  • 76% of the students improved their reading ages over the academic year of which:
  • 69% made + 9 months progress
  • 58% made + 12 months progress
  • 31% made + 24 months progress
  • 8% made + 36 months progress.

Maths Outcomes

  • 78% of Catch Up Premium students making expected progress by the end of Year 7 and 8% making more than expected progress.

Areas of Strengths

  • Regular and timely intervention with KS3 coordinators in Maths and English.
  • A large majority of students are making expected progress in Maths with 10% making above expectation against their forecast targets.
  • Regular testing of key topics in Maths and English.
  • Use of NGRT tests to ensure reading gains are evident.
  • Use of half termly Star Tests in Accelerated Reader to ensure reading gains are evident.
  • Targeting reluctant boys to read through use of boy friendly books.
  • Scrutiny of books and assessments in English and Maths.
  • Staff aware of year 7 Catch-Up Premium Students in core subjects.
  • Use of Lexia for Catch-Up Premium students and SEND.
  • Increased usage by parents of PS Engage (A.R.)

Developments for 2018-2019

  • Continue paired reading with peer mentors.
  • Students to use the Bedrock software during two registrations per week and once per fortnight in Extra English lessons.
  • Track students usage of Bedrock (both school and home).
  • Workshops for parents on how to use Homeconnect (A.R) at home to support their child’s reading.
  • Purchase of engaging resources for Reading, English, Grammar and Punctuation.
  • Targeted 1-1 session for EHCP and Pupil Premium students.
  • Tracking of student progress throughout the year.
  • Tracking of student attendance to intervention sessions.
  • Workshops for parents to support their child with Reading and Maths.
  • Use of Teaching Assistant to deliver small group interventions.
  • Use of the LRC staff to support students with Lexia.
  • Progress checks analysis by sub group using the new data capture style.
  • Tracking of SEND students that attract multiple funding.