Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Premium

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Year 7 Catch-Up Premium Report

Until 2019-2020 the DfE made additional funds available each year for improving the attainment of our disadvantaged pupils. This grant is known the Year 7 Catch-Up Premium. The funds are primarily aimed at improving Maths and English levels at key stage 2 (KS2). An allocation is made for every pupil who has not achieved the ‘expected standard’ in reading or maths at KS2 as per the October school census.

This short report summarises how the previous year’s funding was spent.

Year 7 Catch-Up Premium 2019/2020

Total number of pupils on roll:

Girls School: 126

Boys School: 121

Total number of pupils eligible for Year 7 Catch-Up Premium:

Girls School: 40

Boys School: 32

Amount of Year 7 Catch-Up Premium received per pupil:

Girls School: £116

Boys School: £178

Total amount of Year 7 Catch-Up Premium received

Girls School £4,171

Boys School £7,826



Spending of the Year 7 Catch-Up Premium 2019/2020

Objectives: To support the attainment of targeted pupils and aid their progression into the secondary curriculum.


Summary of spending:

Appointment of internal staff with specific focus on Literacy and Numeracy for pupils

Programmes & Initiatives:

  • Lexia Programme
  • Units of Sound programme
  • Thinking Reading programme
  • Reading age testing and associated interventions
  • Reading & Number partners


Literacy Interventions 2019/20 included:

  • Lexia Strategies – a phonics based programme for selected Year 7 and Year 8 pupils, to improve reading comprehension and spelling.
  • Units of Sound Programme – a literacy programme for selected Year 8 and Year 9 pupils, to improve reading comprehension, spelling, memory and note-taking skills.
  • Thinking Reading – a one-to-one literacy programme for all year groups, which promotes rapid improvement in reading age for students whose current reading age is significantly below their chronological age.
  • Ministry of Stories – A writing club run by the Hoxton-based literacy organisation, helping support the writer in each child.
  • Young City Poets – Run in collaboration with the National Literacy Trust, YCP gives pupils the opportunity to visit famous cultural venues in their city, using the visits to inspire poetry.
  • Year 7 Book clubs – Run in collaboration with Book Clubs In Schools, these book clubs are run by year 10 students to develop literacy skills through peer mentoring.


Numeracy Interventions 2019/20 included: 

  • Work with Greenwich University, who provided students to come in and work with our year 7 and 8 pupils who were underachieving in in mathematics due to them having inadequate numeracy skills.
  • Interventions with year 7 and 8 on a carousel rota, ensuring PP students in particular received the support they needed.
  • Thursday interventions that focussed on the Year 9 girls and boys who were underachieving in mathematics due to similar reasons in Years 7 and 8.
  • Year 7 and 8 students taking part in the Jack Petchey Count on Us Challenge, a competition and programme focussing on using problem solving tasks and mental arithmetic to boost confidence and improve numeracy skills.


How our use of the 2019-20 allocation made a difference to the attainment of the pupils who benefited from the funding.

All students who consistently engaged with the Literacy programmes outlined above made or exceeded expected levels of progress with reading ages by the end of the academic year. This was particularly prevalent in those students engaging with the Lexia Strategies programme both inside and outside of school.

The cohort of Year 7 and Year 8 students participating in the Numeracy activities the catch up premium funded were achieving at or above their KS3 target levels in Mathmatics by the end of the academic year.