Year 7 Catch-Up Funding

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Premium 2019 – 2020

The literacy and numeracy catch – up premium gives the academy additional funding to support year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2).

In relation to the ‘expected standard’, students are awarded a scaled score of:

  • At least 100 will have met the expected standard of the test
  • 99 or below will not have met the expected standard in the test

This means that students with a scaled score of 99 or below in the reading or maths tests at KS2 are eligible for the funding.

The amount of catch–up premium in 2019–2020 will not be received until March 2020. We anticipate this to be approximately £54,400 which is an increase from the previous financial year due the year 7 cohort increasing in size in 2019.

In September 2019 118 students (44%) arrived in Year 7 who did not meet the expected standard in reading and 103 students (38%) who did not meet the expected standard in mathematics.

The funding will be used to further support the identified students as follows:

  • Subject specialist learning mentors are deployed in core subjects working with identified students through in class support or small withdrawal groups before and after school.
  • Accelerated Reader lessons are in place for all year 7 to improve students’ reading and comprehension skills.
  • Online resources to support mathematics learning in and outside of lessons. These include Times Tables Rockstars and Mymaths.
  • Two middle leaders are deployed with responsibility for leading and developing high quality literacy and maths resources and interventions across their departments.

The impact of the funding has been measured using the GL Assessment Transition Package Progress Tests in English and maths, Accelerated Reader data as well as internal assessments. The outcomes were as follows:

  • Forty-two per cent of student who received catch up funding narrowed the gap with the expected standard in English and twenty-one per cent narrowed the gap with the expected standard in maths – despite school closures.
  • Of the one hundred and eighteen students who did not meet the expected standard in reading when they started secondary school, forty-two per cent made accelerated progress – increasing their reading age by over a year and thirty-four per cent increased their reading age by more than eighteen months.