Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium

What is catch-up funding?
The ‘catch-up’ premium was formally launched in March 2013 as part of the government’s commitment to providing additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who failed to reach NC Level 4 in English and/or Maths during Key Stage 2.

The initiative involves secondary schools receiving an additional premium of £500 for each ‘catch-up’ pupil. The money is to be used by schools to deliver intensive literacy and/or numeracy support with the aim of bringing ‘catch-up’ pupils up to speed and thus increasing their chances of succeeding at secondary school. The funding is not ring-fenced, allowing schools to use the premium to finance literacy and numeracy schemes which reflect the needs of their students. The government has committed to continuing catch-up funding for at least the duration of the current spending review, although exact details of future amounts and how the funding is awarded are yet to be confirmed.

Catch-up premium in 2015-16
This year, 21 students were identified as eligible for catch-up funding (£10,500) how we spent this money is detailed below

How we spent the catch-up funding

Activity

Cost in £

Summer school

4,000

Accelerated Reader – literacy package

2,500

Books and resources

100

Individual/Small group interventions

3,900

 

Plan for catch-up premium 2015-2016
A full strategy document will be uploaded shortly, below is a summary of our planned interventions in addition to the above.

Literacy/numeracy
We are working closely with our feeder Primary schools, to run targeted interventions aimed at year 6 students and their families these include;

Reading for success programme -  One session a week aimed at students and their parents, to come and read together and be supported to help their child with their reading, this project is currently running with KS3 students as well as Year 6.

Weekly additional maths lessons – aimed at Year 6 students from our feeder primary schools these are delivered from 3-4pm each week and are designed to support students who need intervention with their numeracy work.

The funding is also used to support a dedicated Numeracy Coordinator and a Literacy coordinator.