Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium


The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). This funding aims to help these pupils to ‘catch up’ with their peers during their first year in the academy.

Year 7 Catchup Funding 2015/16

DSLV received additional funding of £500 for each Year 7 pupil who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at Key Stage 2. The allocation for 2015/16 was £14,500 (29 students – 15 Reading, 25 Maths). This additional grant has been primarily used to target support in small groups and for individualised provision.

How we spent the allocation of funds during 2015/16

The strategies to be employed during this academic year include:

Targeted Support

The use of small group teaching and primary teaching techniques through a dedicated Nurture Group helps build up a strong skill base, giving pupils a toolkit of skills that allows them to access the mainstream curriculum more effectively.

Literacy Support

Accelerated Reader

As part of literacy provision students have designated slots for accelerated reader. Programme runs on the basis that students read a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Students respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills.

  • Reading Mentors
  • Additional reading through volunteer reading mentors supported many students.


Peer Mentoring (Sixth Form students)

During registration a small group of Year 7 and 8 students are taught by A-Level maths students with the aim of accelerating their progress to ensure that during lesson time they are working at a level in line with their peers.

Additional Resources and support and Easter Booster Sessions

Support sessions for pupils with low confidence and low success rates in completing classwork/ homework were provided through the provision of a ‘Stepping Stones’ for a specific cohort of pupils.

Additional support sessions to be run for targeted students during Easter holidays.

What effect has the expenditure had on the attainment of students for whom it was allocated?

The impact of year seven catch-up funding is evaluated through the academy's data and assessment routines, where progress, attitude, behaviour and homework were analysed for patterns and trends. Support is adapted at these points, if appropriate, in order to meet individual pupils’ needs.  Within literacy, pupils reading and spelling scores were regularly analysed for progress, and teaching support was then adapted to suit need.


15 students had Key Stage 2 attainment below Level 4 in Reading. In the recent GL assessments 60% of these students are now working at a Level 4 in Reading. The remaining students will continue to be supported through the use of the Accelerated Reader Programme.


25 students had Key Stage 2 attainment below Level 4 in maths. In the recent GL assessments 72% of these students are now working at a Level 4 in Maths. The remaining students will continue to be supported.

The use of the funding is calculated as follows:


Accelerated Reader




Additional English/Mathematics through Nurture Provision


Easter Booster Sessions


Reading mentors provided by sixth form mentors/volunteers







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