Catch up premium

The Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium

Catch up funding principles

The Government allocates additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who do not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2. The principle aim of this funding is to support those students to get them back on track and enable them to achieve the secondary ready standard.

2018 year 7 intake

Frederick Gent School have 144 students in Year 7. Students who met the criteria for the Year 7 catch-up premium are as follows:

Reading 42
Maths 48
Crossover students, those who are below in both reading and maths 30

Funding allocation for 2018/19: £14,000

Spending the allocation

Actions Cost/ Resources Justification/Desired Outcome

TA Staffing – Targeted intervention in English and Maths.

2 TA’s will be paid to run 4 intervention groups afterschool.


All Year 7 students enter mainstream provision as they enter the school. This is then followed by a review and students will then take part in intervention throughout the year to close gaps. Small group literacy and numeracy interventions based on strategies identified in the EEF toolkit as impactful.

Project based curriculum


The establishment of a specific class and curriculum, which focuses on the needs of the lowest performing students on entry who need a specialised curriculum to succeed.

The Project intervention programme will continue to run with further focus on developing the curriculum content to provide a supportive and progressive curriculum for those students who are significantly below the standardised score of 100 at the end of KS2.

Provision of the dedicated ‘Project’ classes allow for a higher teacher to student ratio to further support progress. The project class will use out of class experiences to enhance learning alongside workshops on the Art of Brilliance to raise aspirations and engagement in order to improve progress.

IDL literacy and numeracy package – intervention delivered through timetabled afterschool sessions.


The IDL Intervention is a speaking-computer based multi-sensory system which supports learners with dyslexia and other learning difficulties to increase their reading and spelling ages. The design of the short, finely graduated exercises ensure over-learning and frequent positive feedback.  Particular letter/sound correspondence is secured before moving on.

IDL Literacy effectively improves reading and spelling amongst pupils with various literacy problems, removes visual stress by the use of colour, and is designed to be particularly effective with those who have poor phonological skills.  The effectiveness is due to the integration of reading and writing, the integration of visual and auditory cues to teach letter/sound and blend/sound correspondence, a continuum of exercises that start with recognising the alphabet, and the requirement to re-read typed sentences.

Progress testing for Maths and English. Online assessments, which provide baseline data on which progress can be measured. £1500

The Progress Test Series (PT Series) assesses pupils’ true comprehension of the core curriculum subjects, helping us to identify which pupils need extra support and which will rise to more challenging targets. Using the insights from PT Series reports, we can be confident that the targets and interventions we set are matched to each child’s attainment.

The PT series provides a reliable, consistent attainment measure against the backdrop of recent changes to national assessment and accountability. Question level analysis highlights any gaps in knowledge and understanding, helping us to personalise learning.

Power of 2 Numeracy package –intervention delivered through timetabled afterschool sessions. £1200

Power of 2 will enables the NSR students to make progress with their maths.  The book is a coaching manual, which allows anyone to deliver individual support.  It teaches all the mental maths required by the new Mathematics Curriculum, and through its use enables pupils to access the full maths curriculum. Power of 2 is essentially about putting in place the building blocks of number and developing skills with mental calculations. The aim is to boost the NSR students’ progress so they become secondary ready in to enable them to access the full math curriculum in line with their secondary ready peers.

ART OF Brilliance workshop £1000

The ‘Brilliant Learners’ workshops are designed to work on the ‘whole person’ and are aimed at extending learning beyond the classroom. Individual workshops feed the principles of positivity, confidence, flourishing, resilience, optimism, community spirit, kindness, aspiration and strengths. The workshops will inspire and invigorate learners to raise their game.

By providing students with this insight into learning, the aim is to improve them as learners by developing their mindset, which will have a positive impact on their desire to learn, create learners that are more resilient and in turn improve progress.

Promote Literacy and Numeracy with stakeholders. £2000 Improve links with home and school for those students who meet the catch up criteria. By running an afterschool ‘How to help your child’ event to promote the catch up interventions the aim is to improve the links between home and school to support student progress. The event will help parents and carers to understand the catch up programme offered and how they can then continue to support their child at home to ensure they are successful. We will be having a guest speaker who will be doing a talk on the Art of Brilliance and will explain how this workshop will be used in school and how this can then be supported at home. Refreshments will be provided and potentially resources for students to support them at home.

2017/18 Review

Students who met the criteria for the Year 7 catch-up premium are as follows:

Reading 47
Maths 35

Funding: £14,077

Actions/ Rational                                 Cost Outcome Lessons learnt

Targeted deployment of HLTA support in English and Maths -

Used to deliver literacy and numeracy support in class for those entitled to catch- up provision to aid progress and development of literacy and numeracy skills.


Yr7 Autumn attainment

Students achieving:

9-4 in English and Maths – 116 – 70.7%

9-4 in English – 120 – 73.2%

9-4 in Maths – 141 – 86%

Yr7 Summer attainment

Students achieving:

9-4 in English and Maths – 134– 81.7%

9-4 in English – 137 – 83.5%

9-4 in Maths – 146 – 89%

NSR student attainment:

By the end of the academic year 64% of Y7 students who failed to meet the secondary ready standard in reading at the end of KS2 where on or above flightpath in English.

In Maths 57% of Y7 students who failed to meet the secondary ready standard in Maths at the end of KS2 where on or above flightpath in Maths.

An increase in direct targeted interventions for NSR students is required to boost more students to meet the required standard by the end of the academic year in addition to classroom interventions.

This will ensure that students are not lost in the classroom in a smaller group intervention.

Project based curriculum -designed to build on the experiences at KS2 and provide a bridge to KS3. Humanities, expressive arts and science are taught through a project based curriculum.

Additional literacy lessons are in place by withdrawing students from languages. This allows students to consolidate their basic literacy skills, with the option to pick up a language at a later date if appropriate.

£1077 Provision plan created for 2017/18. Development of plan for 2018/19 allows for greater use and improvement

Accelerated reader programme – Students received a dedicated library lesson each week as part of their curriculum, which allowed the accelerated reading programme to be embedded into the curriculum.

Accelerated Reader gives teachers the information they need to monitor students’ reading practice and make informed decisions to guide their future learning.

A comprehensive set of reports reveals how much a student has been reading, at what level of complexity, and how well they have understood what they have read. Vocabulary growth and literacy skills are also measured, giving teachers insight into how well students have responded to reading schemes and class instruction. Pupils develop reading skills most effectively when they read appropriately challenging books – difficult enough to keep them engaged but not so difficult that they become frustrated.

Accelerated Reader produces “particularly positive effects” according to an independent study by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and Durham University.

The importance of daily personalised reading practice cannot be overstated. Recent studies indicate that when students spend 25 minutes a day reading suitably challenging books which they successfully comprehend (demonstrated by achieving 90% or more on the reading practice quiz), then they will achieve optimal reading age growth.

The peer-reading programme was be extended to support those who are non-secondary ready to further develop their reading skills.


contribution from catch up premium with the remaining costs paid for from the pupil premium funding.

Average Combined reading age improvement for NSR students

Year 7 – 6 months progress

A number of students improved their reading ages by up to 2 yrs.

37 out of the 47 students made positive progress.

80% of the NSR cohort made positive progress in reading.

To add even more ownership to the results to push students further Accelerated reader has come under the umbrella of English

Hackney Literacy Programme - aims to accelerate student progress in English, and across the wider curriculum, enabling students to reach age-related expectations by the end of the academic year. LIT uses evidence-based strategies focused on improving thinking, reading, writing and oral communication skills. It also incorporates effective feedback into each lesson so that student progress is maximised.

The LIT programme has achieved local and national recognition and recent progress data shows pupils making 3 to 4 years of progress in a single academic year. It is currently being used in 200 secondary schools in the UK.

Accelerates student progression so that pupils can work at age-related expectations and with enhanced access to the wider curriculum

Boosts pupils’ reading comprehension, thinking and learning skills so that they can apply these in all subjects

Strengthens learners’ confidence so that they can work with greater independence

Enhances students’ extended writing skills with the pedagogy ‘I do, we do, you do’


By the end of the academic year 64% of Y7 students who failed to meet the secondary ready standard in reading at the end of KS2 where on or above flightpath in English.

Training delivered within departmental time where the English HLTA delivered training, led observation/modelling lessons in Hackney delivery. This approach led to increased consistency in the delivery of the scheme.

Roll out of Hackney to all Y7 as core course in Y7









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