Year 7 Catch up Premium

Catch up Premium for Literacy and Numeracy in Year 7

The Year 7 catch-up premium allocations for 2015 to 2016 are based on £500 for each pupil as follows:

a year 7 pupil recorded on the October 2015 school census and recorded in the 2015 key stage 2 assessment data as not having achieved level 4, 5 or 6 in reading or mathematics.

Maintained schools and academies may spend the grant on the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school, or for the benefit of pupils registered at other maintained schools and academies. They may also spend it on community facilities, for example services whose provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of pupils at the school or their families, or people who live or work in the school’s locality.

Schools and academies do not have to spend the grant in the financial year beginning 1 April 2015; they may carry forward some or all of the grant to future financial years.

The authority must make the grant available irrespective of the existence of any deficit relating to the expenditure of the school’s budget share (SBS). The year 7 catch-up premium is not part of the SBS or the individual schools budget. It is not included in minimum funding guarantee calculations.


Approximate funding allocation 2016-2017: £10,500

Funding allocation 2015-2016: £10,500


The funding allocation for 2015-16 has been carried forward into the 2016-17 budget whilst a comprehensive review of the needs of eligible pupils took place.

Moving forward, the following approach has been implemented to improve outcomes for students in years 7 and 8, for those pupils who met the eligibility criteria.

STEP 1: In collaboration with Raise Online, extract the question level analysis (QLA) from the KS2 exam papers.

STEP 2: Use the QLA to identify barriers to learning, so that teachers can use this information to plan their teaching to support development of the identified skills and knowledge, and for interventions from dedicated support staff.

STEP 3: Allocate the following programmes to students as appropriate:



1-1 support with specialist maths TA

Pupils enrolled on Accelerated Reader programme and supported until their reading age meets their chronological age. This provides bespoke support in order to have a significant impact on the development of pupils’ reading ability, which is then linked through to spellings, vocabulary and comprehension.

Use of KS2 resources by specialist maths TA and learning mentors to ensure gaps from KS2 are closed so that pupils meet the standard to be ‘secondary ready’

Use of KS2-3 ready mathematics package by specialist maths TA and learning mentors to track and evaluate progress to ensure gaps from KS2 are closed so that pupils meet the standard to be ‘secondary ready’


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