Year 7 Catch Up Funding

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Funding Plan 2019-2020

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve a scaled score of 100 in reading and/or mathematics at the end of key stage 2 (KS2- Primary School).

All state-funded schools with year 7 pupils receive this funding, including:

  • local-authority-maintained schools
  • academies
  • free schools
  • local-authority-maintained special schools
  • special academies
  • special free schools
  • pupil referral units (PRUs)
  • alternative provision (AP) academies
  • AP free schools

The academy plan to use this money for the following projects and interventions:

Teaching assistant support£14,182
Staff literacy CPL£1,400
Whole class reading books£2,121
Switch on training£600
Switch on books£900
Additional teaching expertise in Maths and English£10,289

Teaching assistant support – Small groups of pupils were withdrawn from 3 lessons per week for a 6 week period to develop their reading and in particular their inference skills.

Staff literacy training – All staff will receive this and apply the knowledge in their teaching and interactions with pupils. This will support pupils in developing their vocabulary, comprehension, oracy and writing.

Whole class reader – All tutor groups in years 7 and 8 will read a book together during form time. The books have been carefully selected to provide interest and develop the cultural capital of pupils.

Switch on – Pupils with very low literacy skills were withdrawn from tutor time 4 times per week to receive extra literacy intervention. They read with teaching assistants and the texts read became progressively more challenging.

Additional teaching in Maths and English – We created an additional group in these subjects that were taught by experienced and highly skilled teachers.

Impact of Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Fund 2019-2020

In our Year 7 cohort we had 78 pupils (44%) with a SATs scaled score below 100 in English and 57 pupils (32%) who were below in Maths. We assessed the impact of our intervention on attainment in Literacy and Numeracy using a combination of the following methods:

  • CATs
  • Internal baseline assessments
  • Class Teacher monitoring
  • Reading and spelling age tests


The table below gives an overview of the progress made by pupils receiving the switch on and inference interventions.

Current Y8 Intervention TypePercentage making accelerated progress
Switch on25.0%

As can be seen the percentage of pupils who received at least one intervention and made accelerated progress was 59.3%. However this rose to 75% when they received both switch on and inference interventions.

Last Updated: October 2019

Next Review: September 2020

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