Year 7 Catch Up Premium

The DfE has made additional funds available for improving the attainment of our disadvantaged students, known as the Year 7 Catch-Up Premium. The funds are primarily aimed at improving Maths and English levels. The Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium provides schools with additional funding for each Year 7 pupil who did not achieve at least 100+ in Reading and/or Maths at the end of Key Stage 2.

What was the allocation for Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch up premium for 2019-2020?

  Reading Maths
Number of students below <100 38 24
Total funding available  £9,630


How was the Year 7 Catch up premium spent last year?

  • Morning paired reading.
  • Saturday literacy class/book club.
  • SEN (Special Educational Needs) homework club with a particular focus on literacy and numeracy.
  • Provision of literacy and numeracy booklets.
  • Increased provision of text books and reading libraries dedicated to specific subject areas.
  • Provision of reading books for Year 7 for reading during holidays.
  • Supporting pupils with uniform and access to other services.

We are looking at systems of evaluation (both, internal and external) to assess the impact of the catch-up funding received. Teachers report that the focus on literacy and numeracy enables disadvantaged pupils to better access the secondary curriculum.   

For the current academic year our pupil premium spending and our literacy and catch-up premium will be allocated under the same headings as last academic year. We are using the ‘Access Project’ in Year 10, 11 and Sixth Form to ensure that our highly able, disadvantaged students are getting additional support to close the gap on their advantaged peers.

What was the impact?

In 2018-19, 38 students entered the School below <100 in English and 24 in Maths.  16 pupils were below in both.

By the end of Year 7, 36 students had improved their English level achieving a C or above

At the end of Year 7 20 students had improved their Maths level achieving a C or above. 

These patterns have laid excellent foundations for Year 7 Pupil Premium students moving into Year 8 and accessing the school’s additional provisions during the rest of their school careers.

Date of next review is April 2021