Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up 2014 - 2015


The ‘Catch-up’ premium was formally launched in March 2013 as part of the government’s commitment to providing additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who fail to reach level 4 in reading and/or maths during Key Stage 2.

Schools receive an additional premium of £500 for each ‘catch-up’ pupil. Schools are expected to use this extra funding to finance the delivery of initiatives aimed at accelerating progress and closing the identified gap. The funding is not ring-fenced, allowing schools to use the premium to finance literacy and numeracy schemes which reflect the needs of their students.

The government has committed to continuing catch-up funding for at least the duration of the current spending review.

How we used the Catch-up premium in 2014-15

In 2014/15 we had 9 pupils who benefitted from the catch-up premium, resulting in £4500 of additional funding.

Allocation of pupil premium funding

Provision Cost Impact
Lexia (All literacy catch up pupils involved)
Programme used during form period to provide intervention support in areas of literacy identified as requiring improvement
£1000 contribution towards the cost of the licence 6 pupils were involved with working on Lexia for form periods throughout the year. Of these, all of them made progress in at least 3 areas of the Lexia package. 5 pupils saw in increase in their word recognition, 5 in the syntactic knowledge and 6 in their reading comprehension.
Accelerated reader (All catch up pupils involved)
Programme used to develop comprehension during reading and to improve pupils reading ages
£1500 All pupils have been involved in the accelerated reader programme. Weekly tracking and testing has shown all pupils making improvements to their reading ages. 7 out of 9 pupils have improved their speed in reading and comprehension. Improvements in readings age range from 4m to 2 yrs.
Delivery of English progress units
These units have been delivered by the librarian during form periods in order to support pupils with increasing their levels in English
£500 6 pupils were involved with these intervention sessions at various points throughout the year. Of these 3 reached a good level 4 by the end of the year, 2 were one sub level below and one increased their level from 1b to 3b in the year.
Indirect dyslexia programme (IDL)
Selected pupils to use the programme during withdrawal sessions to improve literacy skills
£500 contribution 4 pupils who are also on the SEND register accessed the IDL programme during withdrawal sessions throughout the year. All of them recorded an improvement in their Spelling Age ranging from 3m to 1y 9m
1:1 tuition/small group support in Maths
Additional Maths support outside of lessons. Pupils withdrawn from lessons for support in key areas of Maths or taught in a small group situation
£600 All catch up numeracy pupils were involved in this intervention and 4 pupils achieved level 4 by the end of the year and one pupil achieved a level 5.
Pastoral intervention to support attendance and other key issues of concern £400 Average attendance amongst catch up pupils was 95%

How we intend to use the ‘Catch-Up’ premium in 2015-16

There are 10 ‘catch-up’ premium pupils in our current year 7; we are therefore expecting to receive an additional £5000 in Catch-Up premium.

Provision Expected Cost
Renewal of licence: Lexia £1000 to be used during form time
Renewal of licence: Accelerated reader £1500 towards the renewal cost
Continuation of progress units in English £500 for delivery of this. To be used during form time
Indirect Dyslexia Programme (IDL) £500 to work with the SEND department in withdrawal sessions
1:1 and small group support in Maths £500 for sessions with TA to support with Maths intervention work
After school Maths intervention class £500 for after school tuition
Pastoral intervention £500 to work with key pupils on intervention with attendance and other social and emotional issues.