Literacy and Numeracy catch up premium

This additional funding is used to provide us with opportunities to further support students who arrive in Year 7 or 8 at a national curriculum level of less than 4 in Reading and/or Maths or for Year 7. For those students starting secondary school in 2016, those who arrive with a scaled score below a national standard are also eligible for catch up funding.

In 2019-2020, we received £12,000 of additional income to support the progress of students who fit the criteria. You can find out more about the government criteria and funding from here. Our total spend for intervention in these critical areas was around £18000. This was made up of the additional monies received as well as the allocation of additional academy funds.

The school uses this additional money in several key ways:

  • The employment of additional tutors and teachers for Maths and English to provide small groups and 1:1 intervention
  • The provision of our Pupil Achievement Centre for students with low levels of literacy and numeracy requiring a 'nurture curriculum'
  • The purchase of ICT software and hardware to support accelerated reading and writing skills
  • The resource of books and equipment across the school to support learners with low levels of literacy and numeracy
  • Additional lessons in reading for both Years 7 and 8 through the use of Accelerated Reader as well as DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) time in mainstream curriculum lessons 
Please click here for a copy of the 2019-2020 Catch Up Statement statement


Data from our accelerated reading tools and teacher assessment shows that the progress of students who receive a range of these additional interventions are making very good progress. These have been established strategies for some time and the last sets of Year 11 outcomes data shows those who came to us below these levels of attainment have made positive progressand have good value added scores over time. We are especially delighted with the improvements made in the reading levels of students who have received additional direct intervention as part of our reading and literacy programmes.