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 (KS2).

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
£5500 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.
£5500 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.
£600.00 After-school literacy clubs

Staffing and resources

Students benefitted from targeted sessions on SPaG.  Spelling age tests revealed that students rose on average by one year in their spelling ages.
£329.20 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 1 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 HLTA) are employed to provide additional support in class and to run booster sessions.  TBA


Sound Training

Additional training for staff.