An increasing number of children leave primary schools with poor reading and writing abilities. This affects many aspects of their lives including their academic achievements, behaviour and future success. Children might fall into this category for a number of reasons including using English as a second language, have a special Educational Need or simply struggle with the written word.

Children in Year 6 who don’t meet the required level for Literacy in their SAT tests qualify for Government funding called Catch Up Premium. This enables the School to provide tools and interventions to help these students get up to speed. The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives state-funded schools, including special schools and alternative provision settings, additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2. Accordingly, we:

  • Ensure students are supported by trained and confident staff
  • Provide the best teaching and learning resources we can, to support numeracy and literacy
  • Ensure students feel well supported when the move from the Primary to Secondary within the school

Our Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium Funding Report shows the following:

  • our funding allocation for the current academic year
  • details of how we intend to spend our allocation
  • details of how we spent our previous year’s allocation
  • how last year’s allocation made a difference to the students who benefit from the funding

Plans for the use of the Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium 2018/19

During the 2018–19 academic year we will receive approximately £24,000. We are planning to use the following strategies to improve attainment and achievement in English & Mathematics, via:

  • Support our intervention programme for ‘catch up’ (inc. dedicated Literacy and Numeracy support)
  • Supporting classroom teaching
  • Supporting summer school

How we used the Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium 2017/18

During the 2017–18 academic year we will receive approximately £25,000, which was spent in the following ways:

  • Supporting summer school
  • Additional sessions and extra support within the classroom
  • Small group numeracy intervention operations

Summer school assessment

Did your child enjoy the summer school? Enjoyment of school life

  • Experiences: new activities/variety/trip
  • Advances the secondary experience
  • Meet teachers
  • Friendships
Did the summer school help prepare your child for their transition to secondary school? Transition into secondary

  • Raise educational standards through T&L (i.e. catch up)
  • Learn about school ethos/values
  • Familiarity with school – layout/routines
  • Develop confidence
  • Build friendships
  • Develop independence (travelling to and from school)
  • Dispels first day anxieties
Is there anything that could have improved the Summer School further? Even better if…

  • Communication of activities
  • Summer homework book – shorter time to complete
  • Better attendance of trips
  • Some students wanted longer duration
  • More homework and reading