What is the Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium?

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support Year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2).


Allocation of catch-up premium 

The Department for Education allocates funding to schools on the basis that they receive the same overall amount of Year 7 catch-up premium funding they received in the previous year. It is then adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of the Year 7 cohort, based on the October census. Currently Backwell is in receipt of circa £9,500 per annum. 


How the funding is used at Backwell

Using data obtained from primary schools and initial Year 7 baseline testing at Backwell the Education Support team identifies students that need further support in the following areas:  reading; spelling, grammar and punctuation; numeracy - the four main computations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).

 Following identification, the Education Support Department then offers a variety of support including:

  • Reading tuition (which covers reading, grammar and spelling) is usually offered 1:1 or in very small groups through lesson withdrawal
  • Spelling support occurs twice weekly in tutor periods
  • Numeracy support occurs twice weekly in tutor periods


Impact and cost

2017/18:

Reading: 17 students received intervention, 8 students secured an improved reading age level to the point that further intervention was no longer required with nine students continuing intervention into Year 8. Cost - £6,500

Spelling, grammar and punctuation:  23 students completed intervention, 14  secured an improved age related level to the point that further intervention was no longer required and 9 students continue to receive support into Year 8. Cost - £1,520

Numeracy: 23 students completed intervention with all but three securing an improved age related level to the point that further intervention was no longer required. Cost - £1,520