Year 7 catch up funding.

Samuel Pepys School

Report on the use of Year 7 Catch Up Funding 2014-15 and 2015-16 (Updated February 2016) 

Overview of Year 7 Catch Up


The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). All state funded schools with year 7 pupils will receive this funding. The funding is received via the local authority in February 2016 for the academic year 2015-2016.
How are we accountable? Since September 2013 Ofsted inspections report on Year 7 Catch Up funding and on how schools spend their additional funding.
Looking back: How the previous year’s allocation was spent? 2014-2015 In 2014-15 the school received £3,000 and this was allocated towards:

·      Enhanced staffing ratios to provide for individual and small group targeted support for pupils in year 7, specifically with a literacy and numeracy focus, as evidenced in their IEP targets

·      Developing and implementing a long-term plan for Maths with a specific focus of functional maths skills for pupils at KS3.



What was the impact of this funding? Pupils made expected or exceeded expected progress with their individual targets, as evidenced in their IEPs and B2 assessments.

Peer to peer sharing and support for strategies in developing ‘next steps’ to inform planning and target setting.

Total amount allocated for the current academic year 2015-2016 In 2015-16 the school will receive £3000 to benefit pupils in Year 7.
Looking forward: What are our plans to spend the Year 7 Catch Up premium this academic year?


·      A school focus on functional maths skills, peer to peer support and sharing of good practice in the teaching and learning of functional maths. Developing a progressive ideas bank for whole school use.

·      Training in use of open style questioning. Training and support in provision of language development through SALT (speech and language therapists) to support communication across the curriculum. (January 2016)

·      Training staff in the use of Numicon and implementing in KS3. Evaluating the use of Numicon for learners in KS3 (Spring/Summer 2016)

·      Story telling skills with an aim to further nurturing speaking and listening through confident and effective storytelling in conjunction with the school’s new literacy lounge to be opened March 2016.

·      Training for teachers and TAs on using Clicker 6 as a tool for teaching reading and writing