Challney High

Year 7 Literacy & Numeracy Catch-Up Premium 

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides schools with additional funds for each Year 7 student who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and / or mathematics at the end of key stage 2.

This money is to pay for extra help so that these students catch up in literacy and numeracy as soon as possible.

The earlier students catch up, the earlier they can access the secondary curriculum more fully.

In 2015/2016 funds of £22,500 for 45 pupils were received.

This was used to provide:

  • Additional teaching assistant time in English and mathematics
  • Additional numeracy teaching and intervention
  • Additional literacy and numeracy coaching such as one-to-one sessions with a teacher or teaching assistant
  • Purchase of resources to support literacy and numeracy

Outcomes for Year 7 Catch-up premium students in 2015/2016:

Students made the following progress by the end of Year 7:

Slow Progress Good Progress Rapid Progress
English 13.5% 13.5% 73%
Mathematics 0 0%% 78.8% 21.2% 0%

2016/2017 income and spending plans:

In 2016/2017 we will receive the same overall amount of Year 7 catch-up premium funding we received in 2015/2016 adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of the Year 7 cohort, based on the October 2016 census.

This grant will support:

  • Additional teaching assistant time in English and mathematics
  • Additional numeracy teaching and intervention
  • Additional literacy and numeracy coaching such as one-to-one sessions with a teacher or teaching assistant
  • Purchase of resources to support literacy and numeracy

Year 7 Catch up Funding

In 2013 the Government made a commitment to provide annual additional educational funding to schools for each Year 7 student who had not achieved the expected standard in mathematics; English reading; and English punctuation, spelling and grammar at Key Stage 2. The information on this page shows how we used this funding in the last academic year, the impact that it has made, and what we plan to do this year.

Key priorities:

  • Our core aim is to accelerate the progress of the students who finished KS2 having not met national expectations
  • We employ early intervention literacy and numeracy strategies to try to help students ‘catch-up’ with national expectations

2016/2017 cohort

We identified 112 students who we felt would be eligible for the funding and intervention as follows:

  • 84 students who did not meet expected standards by the end of KS2 in both

Intervention Strategy

  • Our key intervention strategy is providing extra English and Maths in Year 7 for the lowest 3 groups
  • Targeted students in Year 7 have one extra lesson each week of both literacy and numeracy
  • These lessons take place instead of Modern Foreign Languages curriculum time
  • We have made the decision to prioritise this extra literacy and numeracy intervention as we know it will be the key to future success in all other subjects
  • These extra lessons of literacy and numeracy are planned and delivered by English and maths specialist teachers, who have huge previous experience of teaching and leading at KS2
  • These lessons are also supported by a Teaching Assistant
  • We also run an Early Reading Research (ERR) program for those students who are significantly behind national expectations in reading
  • We have taken part in the ICCAMS 2 research project which develops Year 7 and Year 8 students’ maths understanding, ability and confidence. The programme supports teachers in tackling students’ common misconceptions around algebra and multiplicative reasoning and provides teachers with training, lesson plans and resources to help embed formative assessment in the Key Stage 3 maths classroom.

Development and plans for 2017/2018

 The Government have stated that schools will receive the same amount of funding as they did in 2016/17 – for full details click here

Our plans for funding extra English and maths

  • To continue to provide in-class support with a Teaching Assistant
  • To continue to run our literacy and numeracy early intervention programmes led by our Teaching Assistants for targeted students throughout the year.

2017/2018 cohort

We have identified that we have a large cohort of students who we feel would be eligible for this funding based on the new KS2 assessments. The 2017/2018 cohort shows that:

  • There are 85 students who were below national expected standards in English at the end of KS2
  • There are 63 students who were below national expected standards in Mathematics at the end of KS2
  • There are 59 students who were below national expected standards in both at the end of KS2 (these students are included in the figures above).

Year 7 catch up funding 2017-2018 (£31,748)

Key Strategies

Extra literacy and numeracy lessons built into curriculum time (2 lessons per week for 40 weeks)

£24,000

Extra support from Teaching Assistants in English and maths lessons per week

£2,880

Support for Learning Intervention groups with Teaching Assistants

£1440

Training costs for the ERR and ICAMS project

£1800

Funding extra tutoring for the ERR program

£3,200