Y7 Catch Up Premium


The Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up 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 maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).

Purpose of funding

Schools identify pupils who need extra support from the year 7 catch-up premium to decide the best way to use the funding.This may involve individual tuition, intensive small-group tuition, or buying in external services and materials, such as computer-based learning resources. 

Funding for 2018-19

In 2018-19, we expect to receive £2,765 and the funds will be invested in the Accelerated Reader programme for literacy and the Accelerated Maths programme for numeracy, as well as continuing to provide learning support and to purchase additional literacy and numeracy materials as described below:

  • Extra sessions of numeracy delivered by LSAs
  • Extra time in Mathematics curriculum for numeracy.
  • Maths specialist TA placed into lessons to work with targeted pupils.
  • Targeted intervention from the class teacher based upon KS2 data.
  • Extra sessions at lunch for pupils to practice numeracy.
  • Discussion of pupils’ progress with Assistant Principal / Vice Principal after each PP.
  • Maths Mastery in year 7 to support understanding and key concepts.
  •  LSA attached to Nurture Group during English lessons.
  • Nurture Group containing less than 15 pupils.
  • Accelerated Reader sessions to improve reading during English lessons and LC Time.
  • Whole school literacy / numeracy during LC Time.


Y7 funding was used to support the Accelerated Reader programme to improve literacy. Pupils who qualify for catch up funding are part of the programme.

During Accelerated Reader sessions, pupils visit the College Library, select a book that is the correct level for their reading age, and then complete an online quiz to test their comprehension of the story.

At three points during the academic year, students completed a 'Star' test to assess how their reading age has progressed.

In 2017-18, 88% of Year 7 pupils on the AR Programme made progress. 42% of pupils improved their reading age by more than one year and 21% of pupils improved their reading age by more than two years.

Of the 24 Year 7 pupils enrolled on Accelerated Reader in 2017-2018, 83% were on or above target in English by the end of Year 7.

Y7 funding was also used to support the Accelerated Maths programme in year 7 to improve numeracy. Pupils who qualify for catch up funding are part of the programme.

The majority of students exceeded their target grade.

Of the 16 pupils identified as under expected attainment in Maths at the start of Y7 2017-18, 100% were on target at the end of the year.