The Government believes that by investing specific funding in identified cohorts of learners there will be a significant narrowing of the gap between sub groups. In response to Government thinking there is now a separate allocation of funding called the catch-up premium.

Schools receive an additional premium of £500 for each Year 7 pupil who has not achieved the national standard in reading and/or maths (maximum £500 per pupil) at Key Stage 2. The premium is available to all state-funded schools with a Year 7 cohort. The Government have committed to continuing the funding for at least the duration of the current spending review.
The money is used by Kingsthorpe College to deliver additional tuition or intensive support in small groups, giving pupils valuable support to bring them up to speed so that they are more likely to succeed whilst with us. The Government expects the funding to be used for additional literacy and numeracy catch-up during Year 7 given that this can make a critical difference to pupils at this important stage.

2015 - 2016

For the academic year 2015-2016 the College received the total funding of £36,000.  The funding was allocated to:

  • Provision of Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) support in English and Maths lessons 
  • Personalised catch up sessions for identified students
  • Specialist Learning Support Assistant (LSA) working with identified students on a Phonics teaching programme
  • Summer School provision for identified students with a numeracy/literacy focus with impact measurable outcomes

2016 - 2017

For the academic year 2016-2017 The DfE has confirmed that schools will receive the same total amount of Year 7 catch-up premium funding as they received in 2015/16, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of the Year 7 cohort, based on the October 2016 census. This will allow the continued focus on this cohort of students.

On entry to Year 7 in the academic year 2016 -2017 we have 91 students (35.55%) who have not achieved the national standard of a scaled score of 100 in Maths; 109 students who have not achieved the national standard of a scaled score of 100 in English (42.57%) 68 students (26.56%) who have not achieved the national standard in either Maths or English.

The College intends to use the £40,034 to focus directly on the specific cohort of learners identified. Our approach, to ensure maximum progression towards securing the national standard is to use a personalised approach to support every child in their own specific needs and a modern curriculum approach that maximises impact.

Effective use of this funding to support catch-up is likely to include:

  • Provision of Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) support in English to work with identified students on basic Literacy Progress units
  • Personalised catch up sessions for identified students in English and Maths in addition to their normal lessons
  • Specialist Learning Support Assistant (LSA) working with identified students on a Phonics teaching programme for identified students in English
  • Summer School provision for identified students with a numeracy/literacy focus with impact measurable outcomes
  • Intensive small-group tuition
  • Use of Accelerated Reader to support improvements in literacy

More information can be found below:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/year-7-literacy-and-numeracy-catch-up-premium-guide-for-schools

Last updated: 12 Jul 2017