Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium

Y7 Catch-Up Premium 2018/19

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard (a scaled score of 100) in reading and or/maths at the end of key stage 2. Using various interventions, we as a school focus on giving these students the opportunity to ‘catch up’ to their peers in their first year at secondary school. Schools decide how this additional funding should be spent to best support the boosting of these young people’s progress.


In 2018/19 we will identify the Catch-up premium cohort and using the Question Level Analysis (QLA) of the KS2 SATS papers, pin point the key areas that these students may need additional support with.


This academic year 38 students have been identified as Non Secondary Ready in Reading and a further 52 students were identified as Non Secondary Ready in Maths.

How we intend to spend our allocation for 2018/19

Maths Interventions

A Level 3 Teaching Assistant who specialises in numeracy has been employed since Sept’17 to give students a mix of small group extraction and 1:1 support focusing on;

  • Developing students understanding of core mathematical principles.
  • Giving students the time and support to practise and master core mathematical skills.
  • Building student’s confidence in maths and fostering enthusiasm for the subject.
  • Using innovative and enjoyable resources such as Numeracy Ninjas, Number shark, and the Catch up Numeracy programme.

English/Reading interventions

  • Three TAs will be leading a range of bespoke reading/literacy interventions before and after school. This will be the Toe by Toe intervention.
  • The SENDCO, HLTA and a level 3 Teaching Assistant will deliver literacy interventions in the inclusion department using a mix of a PIXL Phonics programme to deliver multisensory teaching approaches, accelerated reading, and the Catch up Literacy programme.
  • We also offer Private Tuition after school to boost reading, handwriting, and word processing skills.
  • The Literacy Co-ordinator delivers a bespoke reading catch up programme to students during form time.

How we spent our allocation in 2017/18

In September 2017, 43 students were identified as Non Secondary Ready in Reading and equally 43 students were identified as Non Secondary Ready in Maths. Gateacre School was allocated £13,391 as part of the Catch up Premium to help improve learning outcomes for our Catch up students

We provided a range of bespoke and individualised interventions for these students who were allocated support that was appropriate for their needs.

Maths Interventions

  • 17 Catch-up premium students were taught Maths in a small nurture group.
  • A Level 3 Teaching Assistant who specialises in numeracy was employed to deliver a variety of interventions i.e. Catch-up numeracy, Numeracy Ninjas, and Number shark.
  • The SEND champion from the Maths Department provided training and guidance for Teaching Assistants, the HLTA, and the SENDCO to help the inclusion department deliver the Maths
  • PiXL programme to catch up students.
  • Cross curricular interventions involving Food Tech, Science, and Gardening were used to boost student’s numeracy skills.

English/Reading Intervention

  • 17 Catch up students were taught English in a small nurture group.
  • A Level 3 Teaching Assistant who specialises in literacy was employed to deliver a variety of interventions i.e. Catch-up literacy, Accelerated Reading, PiXL Phonics and Word shark.
  • Students were supported by being allocated to a Literacy Intervention Group, 1:1 individualised support and small group tuition focusing on reading, spelling, writing, and comprehension.
  • The Literacy Co-ordinator delivered the Reading catch up programme to a specific cohort during form time.
  • The SENDCO, and a teacher who specialises in teaching students with specific learning difficulties also worked with groups looking at phonics and delivered multisensory literacy lessons to catch up students.

The impact Catch-up Premium had in 2017/18 

The progress of the cohort of 86 students was as follows;
43 students qualified for the Maths catch-up premium.

Maths

Level of progress Number of students Percentage
Total number of Students 42  
Students who were on target at Assessment Point 3 21 49%
Students who completed the Numeracy Cath up programme successfully 8 18%
Students who will continue to get support and be monitored in year 8 14 33%

Reading/English

43 students qualified for the Reading/English catch-up premium

Levels of progress Number of students Percentage
Total number of students 43  
Students who were on target at Assessment Point 3 26 60%
Students who completed the Literacy Catch up programme successfully 16 37%
Students who will continue to get support and be monitored in year 8 16 37%

As a school are now  using PIVATS to track smaller steps of progress. We will continue to support our catch up students using the graduated approach.

Y7 Catch up Funding Allocation 2017 to 2018

Yr 7 Catch up Support Activity Time Staff Hrly Rate Number of Staff Number of Hrs Number of weeks Total Cost per week Cost
Nurture Group Maths   TA £11.91 1 4 38 £47.64 £1810.32
Nurture Group English   TA £11.91 1 4 38 £47.64 £1810.32
Literacy Catch up and Accelerated Reading 8 hours per week TA £11.91 1 8 38 £95.28 £3620.64
Numeracy Catch up 10.5 hours per week TA £11.91 1 10 24 £125 £4752.09
Literacy Intervention 2 hours per week Teacher £39 2 4 24 £156 £5928.00
Total Spend               £17921.00