Year 7 Catch Up Premium 2017-18

 Last Updated: Sept 2017

1. Background

 The year 7 Catch Up Premium is a government initiative to provide additional funding to target support for improving literacy and numeracy for Year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected level in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2. Schools receive an additional premium of £500 per student.


The money is used to deliver targeted support through a range of initiatives described in this report, aimed at improving literacy and numeracy. 


The government have not ring-fenced this funding for catch-up activities and schools are free to decide how best to spend the funding to significantly improve literacy and numeracy for pupils who need to catch up to their peers in Year 7. At St Mary’s College all pupilsprogress and attainment is rigorously tracked and monitored and this information is used to put in place appropriate strategies and interventions to help students who need to catch up with their peers. 


In 2016-17 (academic year) the school received funding of £21,904 for 47 pupils and in 2017-18 the school expects to receive a similar level of funding. 

2 Curriculum support for Literacy and Numeracy in Year 7.

Students are set for both English and maths from the beginning of Year 7 to ensure they receive appropriate support and challenge and with the aim of accelerating progress. The setting is very flexible and half termly assessments allow for accurate, regular reviews and movement of pupils to support further progress.  The Head of Year 7 monitors termly progress in English and maths by analysing data entered by subject teachers. Students in the catch up’ cohort are closely monitored to ensure they are closing the gap with their peers.



The Head of Year 7 liaises with Heads of English and maths and/or Key Stage 3 coordinators to discuss the early intervention required or support to put in place for individuals who are not making and exceeding expected progress and catching up to their peers. The support package includes:

-    Subject teacher responses to lack of progress (differentiation / praise / contact with home etc);

-    Departmental support (Subject report / intervention / catch up sessions ); combined with

-    Pastoral support (maths / English focus during registration time at least once a week, Learning mentor support, Tutor support and SMART targets for improvement, SEN support, EAL support,specific Pastoral support).



The Head of Year 8 also analyses data and liaises with Heads of English and maths and/or KS3 coordinators to alter or increase support for any student who is not catching up to decide on an appropriate support package with particular focus on specific cohorts of children (for example CLA) if patterns of concern emerge regarding progress.

3 Transition Week for Year 7 students.

Transition Week is an event for all Year 6 students joining the school, which takes place during the last full week of the academic year and is organised by the Transition Coordinator. The Transition Week provides valuable time to consolidate key skills and provide a range of information about students’ which is used at the beginning of Year 7 by staff and tutors.



The Transition Coordinator shares available KS2 data with English and maths colleagues to ensure appropriate groupings (sets) can be organised for Year 7 from September.  During Transition all students are given a gift of a new and exciting reading book from the Book Trust which is appropriate to their reading level to start them off on their new reading journey.


4 Catch Up Funding and Spend 2016-17

For 2016/17 Academic year we received funding of £21,904 for 47 pupils.There were 330 students in Year 7 (current Year 8). This funding was spent on the following initiatives:


Improvement Initiative

Amount £


Core Group


A nurture group for children with significant special educational needs in which core subjects of English and Maths are taught in a setting which allows for a high ratio of teaching assistant support and interactive learning.

Additional sets in both maths and English which allows for small group specialist intervention


High number of set groups which ensures those students who have been identified as requiring extra support, have a high staff/student ratio.

Transition Week


One week Transition Programme including Book

Buzz reading book for each child.

Extra Teaching Assistant support




Tutor time reading groups


Teaching Assistants are assigned to students who are entitled to specific hours of support but TAs

also support others in group who are operating at a similar level. TAs also deliver tutor time reading groups for identified students.

Learning Mentor Support


Learning Mentor will support in English and Maths lessons where there are barriers to learning for any

student or groups of students

Literacy coordinator(s) and numeracy coordinator


Create opportunities for all students to participate in enrichment programmes / competitions to

increase awareness and enthusiasm in English and


Accelerated Reader Programme.


Software programme used to support ALL

students in Years 7 to 9 to read and improve their reading age.

Subscription to numeracy and literacy packages to increase

progress in English and Maths.


Sets 6 and 7 (of 7) have access to online support programmes which the school subscribes to such

as Lexia (English) and Successmaker (maths)

All students also have access to MyMaths to improve understanding and complete homework.



The initiatives below all impact on achievement of Catch Up pupils but are funded from the school budget.

Medical Team support


The Medical team will support students who suffer with anxiety or any medical condition and always prioritise attendance particularly to English and

Maths lessons if a student feels poorly at school.

Tutor Support


Each Tutor is responsible for monitoring the progress of their tutee and setting appropriate

targets for improvement and sustained progress

with a constant focus on English and Maths.

Pastoral team support


The Head of Year will intervene if behaviour or problems outside of school are hindering progress

to ensure appropriate support mechanisms can be implemented to sustain progress in English and Maths. This can encompass any combination of

the support listed and will be decided through meetings with colleagues, parents and where

appropriate, external agencies.

EAL support


EAL TAs and Mentors support in lessons where language barriers could otherwise affect progress

Nurturing support

(from staff)


Children who are struggling socially to settle or are experiencing difficulties which can have a

significant impact on their progress are encourage to attend the nurture clubs within school (Art club,

jigsaw club. Film club) as well as being nominated for social skills club which takes place once a week throughout the Spring Term of Y7.

Nurturing support

(from others)


Y7 Students at risk of disengagement and therefore lack of progress are assigned a peer

mentor from Year 10 to help raise self-esteem. Nuns who are affiliated with the school also support vulnerable students by supporting once a

week on a one to one base and increasing confidence and self-worth.

Support from external agencies


HOY will liaise with external agencies working with particular students regarding the best way to support each child’s learning and progress always

with specific focus on English and Maths.


5 Impact

At St Mary’s College targets are set for students which are challenging but evidence based and attainable. They are set to exceed national average rates of progress as a minimum expectation.

Despite these challenging targets the greater proportion of students have met targets set for the end of Year 7 in English and maths; and many students have exceeded these targets.

This has been the first academic year where the new scaled scores were introduced at KS2. This has made quantifying levels of progress from terminal assessments at primary school more challenging and we are working to refine our approach in this regard.



6 Funding and spend for 17-18

Funding for 17-18 is yet to be confirmed. There are 330 students in Year 7.

7 Year 7 Spending plans during 17-18 academic year

Many of the initiatives which took place in 2016-17 are being continued in 2017-18 as they have proven successful however, we are introducing further initiatives to improve outcomes further which include:

     Appointment of new numeracy lead.

A revised approach to developing and assessing levels of numeracy and literacy through pastoral time with programmes called Numeracy Ninjas and Word Warriors.

Identified cohort for Year 7 2017/2018:

English (below 94 54 students identified)


Key Stage 2 Level





% of ‘catch up cohort at each level on entry





Maths (below 94 31 students identified)

Key Stage 2 Level





% of ‘catch up cohort at each level on entry