Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Funding

Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Funding

What is it?

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding from the Department of Education to support our Year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2.

What we do?

We assess the individual needs of each of the students who attract the Year 7 catch-up premium to decide the best way to use the funding. We carefully monitor the progress of all our students and design a range of programmes and approaches that we know are effective.

How do we do it?

  • All  Year 7 students are screened using a diagnostic reading test
  • All follow ‘Accelerated Reader’, a programme that supports students in reading, enjoying and understanding texts
  • All students are supported in their mathematics and English classes by highly skilled support staff
  • Most are screened for working memory and dyslexia tendencies
  • Most students take part in a one-to-one reading scheme at least once a week
  • Some students are taught mathematics in a small group by a specialist teacher and teaching assistant
  • Some students access a literacy programme instead of French lessons throughout Key Stage 3
  • If students are identified as not making progress, they access small group intervention in English and mathematics


What is the impact?

  • In 2016-2017 we received £18375.00 additional funding for 37 students who entered the school at below 100 in both English and mathematics. Of these, 80% made 4 or more Average Point Scores (2 sub-levels) and 70% of students achieved grade 4 or above in English and mathematics.
  • In 2017-2018 we have received £14219.00 additional funding for 28 students. All students are accessing a range of provision. Their progress is carefully monitored.


2016-2017 allocation:

Cost  Description Impact

Hackney LIT Groups

LIT Programme Training

Staffing costs – now being delivered throughout Years 7  to 10.

A small group Hackney LIT programme which improved comprehension and accelerated progress. 90% of students made accelerated progress, with one student making 2.5 years progress in 1 year.

Maths interventions and boosters

Staffing and resources.

Small group booster classes showed 90% improvement in test scores.  100% of students stated that their confidence in their mathematics ability was greater.
£651.69 Literacy Intervention Resources: Laburnum for Literacy and MBE books for literacy. After-school intervention provided for students who are not making progress.

After-school literacy clubs

Staffing and resources

Students benefitted from targeted sessions on spelling, punctuation and grammar.  Spelling age tests revealed that students rose on average by one year in their spelling ages.

After-school reading club

Class sets of texts

Students have benefitted from reading a range of enjoyable and challenging texts after school. 85% of students improved their reading ages by over 6 months.  70% of students improved their reading ages by over one year.
£5250 Sound training All students taking part increased their reading ages as a result.  90% of students improved their English grades following the training.


2017-2018 plans for allocation:

Cost  Description Impact


Approximately £5500

Literacy Support staff – one member of staff is employed solely to lead on catch-up reading.  Two members of staff provide further literacy interventions and support students in class  TBA


Approximately £5500

Mathematics Support Staff– two members of staff (one Higher Level Teaching Assistant) are employed to provide additional support in class and to run booster sessions.  TBA



Sound Training

Additional training for staff.