Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides schools with additional funding to support year 7 students who did not achieve at least level 4 in Reading or Mathematics at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).

Owing to the learning difficulties of the students at The Foreland School we receive £500 for each of our Year 7 students (measure taken from the autumn school census). This money is allocated to the group to provide additional resources and/or support in order to improve outcomes for the target group.

“The grant does not have to be completely spent by schools and academies in the financial year beginning 1 April 2014; some or all of it may be carried forward to future financial years”.

DFE Year 7 Catch-up Premium Grant 2014-2015: Conditions of Grant


2015/16 Allocation

The Foreland School received £4,500 for Year 7 Catch Up Premium for the 2015/16 academic Year. Money was allocated to provide:

Sessions were led by one of the Key Stage 3 teachers and/or a Teaching Assistant and had a focus on both reading and number. It was anticipated that these weekly sessions would have a positive effect on the pupils and their literacy and numeracy development.

Each term there was a different focus in order to ensure concepts could be fully explored and understood by students before moving on.

A full breakdown of the expenditure for the year can be found in the table below:


Rationale/Intended   Outcomes


Literacy and Numeracy Resources

Support learning and lead to   improvement in writing and number.


Reading resources

(Half Moon books)

Support reading development.


Money resources

Supported development in using and   applying money.


Drama Workshop

Pupils worked  with specialists in drama – Drama benefits pupils by encouraging their creativity,   movement and supports confidence, concentration, language development, emotional intelligence and literacy and numeracy development.


Teaching Assistant Support

Support in literacy and numeracy for   individual pupils and small groups.



Total Spend



Total Income





Impact / Outcomes

Level and progress comparisons were made between students in Year 7 and the rest of the school.

Comparisons made in all English and Mathematics strands:

English – Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening and Overall.

Mathematics – Number, Shape, Space and Measures, Using and Applying and Overall. 


Average Level

Year 7 students were assessed at a significantly higher level than the rest of the school in all English and Mathematics strands.


Average Increase

Year 7 students achieved a higher average increase in English (overall) and also higher in Writing, Speaking and Listening. Year 7 students scored the same average increase (0.8) as the rest of the school in Reading.

Pupils in receipt of the Year 7 funding scored a lower average increase in Mathemtics (overall). The rest of the school had a higher average increase in Number and Using and Applying with each having the same average increase in Shape, Space and Measures.


% Making 1 or More Level Progress

Whilst overall a higher number of Year 7 students made 1 or more levels of progress in English (45%), a greater percentage of the rest of the school (non-Year 7) made progress in separate English strands.

A greater percentage of Non-Year 7 pupils (rest of the school) made 1 or more level progress in Mathematics overall (45%) plus in all subject strands.  


See attached ‘Year 7 Catch Up Premium Comparisons 2016’ file for full details.



2016/17 Allocation

The Foreland School has been allocated £6,000 Year 7 Catch-Up Premium for the 2016/17 academic Year (TBC). In addition, £3,362.62 remained unspent from the 2015/16 academic year therefore the total Year 7 Catch-Up funding available is £9,362.







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