Year 7 Catch Up Premium

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium 2017 to 2018


The Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium is funding provided to schools from the Government, in addition to the main funding stream.  The Catch-up Premium is allocated to supporting those pupils who did not achieve the expected standard at the end of Key Stage 2 in either Mathematics, English reading, or both.  Schools are free to spend the Catch-up Premium as they see fit, within specific parameters, to fund strategies to close the attainment gap between those pupils who did not attain the expected standard and their peers.

Unlike Pupil Premium, the Catch-up Premium is only awarded to pupils in Year 7.

Allocations for the financial year 2017 to 2018

For 2017 to 2018, schools will receive the same overall amount of Year 7 Catch-up Premium funding they received in 2016 to 2017 (£500 per pupil), adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their Year 7 cohort, based on the October 2017 census.

Breakdown of Catch-up Premium pupils at Ashton on Mersey School 2017 to 2018 and 2018 to 2019.

  2017 to 2018 2018 to 2019
Total number of pupils on roll in Year 7 267 261
Total number of Catch-up Premium pupils 57 61
Number of pupil’s below expected standard in Reading at the end of KS2 34 48
Number of pupil’s below expected standard in Maths at the end of KS2 39 41
Number of pupil’s below expected standard in Reading and Maths at the end of KS2 20 28
Total amount of funding received by Catch-up Premium. £18,420 £19,363 (forecast)


How we us out Catch-up Premium

At Ashton on Mersey School we assess the individual needs of each of the pupils who attract the Year 7 Catch-up Premium to decide the best way to use the funding.  We select programmes and approaches that we know are effective at raising the attainment and encouraging progress.

Examples of how Catch-up Premium is used include:

  • Individual tuition,
  • Intensive small group tuition,
  • External services and materials, such as computer based learning resources, and workbook resources to compliment learning opportunities

Key Strategies

Accelerated Reading; aimed at increasing confidence in reading by utilising specific strategies for pupils who’s reading age is deemed as being low compared to their peers.  Pupils are initially helped by accessing the accelerated reading programme that helps to assess and then monitor pupils reading ages and the progress they make trough regular reading sessions.

Small Group Literacy Intervention; pupils who require additional help with their reading receive help from Mrs Baker, our reading intervention co-ordinator.  Mrs Baker helps to listen to pupils read openly in a calm environment, developing pupil’s confidence and skills, suggesting appropriate reading material for the individual child.  Mrs Baker also works with Miss Packwood, Literacy Coordinator in the English department to develop and train a group of Year 10 pupils who work as ‘Reading Buddies’ with our Year 7 pupils to again help develop their reading confidence and skills.

Urban Poetry project; 20 boys attended two sessions led by the urban poet, Mike Garry.  Pupils learnt about techniques to help them with their learning.  Pupils also spent time in Manchester’s urban areas to gather their ideas for their own poetry which they presented back to Mike.

Numeracy co-ordinator; Pupils who come with a KS2 standardised score below the expected standard receive intervention from Miss Lace, our Numeracy co-ordinator.  Pupils are prioritised on ability and those pupils who need help more urgently.  Pupils spend their time either on an individual or small group basis practicing numeracy skills needed to help them close the gap on their peers.

Planned spend of Catch-up Premium at Ashton on Mersey School 2018-2019

  • Continued use of a Literacy coordinator to run reading intervention programs.
  • Development of an intense Lexia based phonics programme to help our Year 7 pupils make rapid early gains.
  • Continued use of a Numeracy coordinator to run Maths intervention programs.
  • Use of specialist English teachers and Teaching Assistants to run catch-up programmes for pupils identified at the lower range of the catch-up group, who require more specialised intervention.
  • Development of a Maths Peer tutoring session and catch-up club to help pupils build core Maths skills after school and to receive appropriate materials and support.
  • Specific development of a learning resource base where TA and other staff will support a Catch-up premium homework club weekly.
  • The use of a Maths based ICT programme to develop core skills.

Impact of Catch-up Funding

For the Year 2017 – 2018 pupils started KS3 with standardised test scores calculated from their KS2 tests.  Pupil raw data is converted into our own pupil tracking system.  Pupils can therefore, be measured as either being ‘on’, above’ or ‘below’ their academic targets set for the end of Year 7.


31 % (13) of targeted pupils starting Year 7 in 2017 below the expected standard in Maths made expected progress at the end of Year 7.

A further 24% (10) of pupils made progress above their end of Year 7 target in Maths.


38% (12) pupils who started Year 7 below the expected standard in English made expected progress at the end of Year 7.

A further 41% (13) pupils made progress above their end of Year 7 target in English.