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
- If students are identified as not making progress, they access small group intervention in English and mathematics