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The Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium

by Glen

What is the Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium?

The Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium gives schools additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard (a scaled score of 100) in reading and/or maths at the end of primary school.

What does a School Need to Do?

A school needs to:

1. Identify students that qualify;
2. Allocate appropriate strategies to help those students; and
3. Show accountability by publishing the impact of the intervention work on the students

Students can stay on the catch-up programme until assessment data and teachers believe the students have made sufficient progress to be in line with their peers.

Identifying students: 

Students are typically identified as needing additional help from Key Stage 2 SATs results.

Allocate Effective Programmes & Approaches

Typically members of staff from the English and Maths department or a SENCo would work with any identified students to pinpoint their additional needs.

The funding can be used to pay for:
– individual tuition
– small-group tuition
– external services and materials

Accountability

All schools must publish on their website details on how the year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium was spent and its impact. (Ofsted inspectors presently consider how the school is using its premium in their report.) These details must include:

– the amount of funding for the current academic year
– details of how you intend to spend your allocation
– details of how you spent your previous year’s allocation
– how last year’s allocation made a difference to the attainment of the pupils who benefit from the funding

The most challenging aspect to show is the difference in attainment. Most schools show this aspect by delivering standardised test throughout the year and thereby show students’ progress and the impact of any programmes or approaches implemented.

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