Y7 Literacy & Numeracy Catch-Up Premium

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Premium

Year 7 Catch-up Funding

For the academic year 2018-19 Hall Cross Academy will identify students for catch up funding based on their KS2 SATS of September 2018 intake. The Department for Education provides additional funding to schools for these pupils, £500 (maximum). In 2018 to 2019 schools will receive the same overall amount of year 7 catch-up premium funding they received in 2017 to 2018, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their year 7 cohort, based on the October 2018 census. The aim of this funding is to:

  • To increase social mobility
  • To enable students from disadvantaged backgrounds to get to the top universities
  • To ensure that students from all backgrounds have an equal opportunity to be successful
  • To reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils nationally

Y7 Catch-up funding for 2018-2019

Total number of pupils on roll (September 2018) 1983

Total number of year 7 students on roll 282

Total number of students eligible for catch up funding 122

78 students did not reach National standard in Maths and 87 in English, with 61 students not reaching this standard in both Maths and English

Total funding £29 013

Amount of funding received per pupil £237


Catch up Interventions (Plans 2018 -19)

Small group literacy/numeracy intervention group – Small groups of ‘catch up’ students will be withdrawn from lessons to work on their literacy and Maths skills. This year a qualified teacher will be delivering the literacy lessons and Maths TAs will continue to deliver the Maths lessons. For literacy, these groups will link more closely with the assessment pieces that students will study towards in their Baccalaureate lessons as well as reviewing any gaps in learning from KS2. In Maths these groups focus particularly on basic mathematical skills and reinforcing ‘everyday’ maths before moving onto more challenging mathematical topics, such as algebra and geometry.

Curriculum provision – The literacy curriculum, of the baccalaureate, links closely to the skills used during KS2 and to the standardised scores achieved by students in their KS2 external assessments thereby allowing for more targeted support in lessons and more accelerated progress. Groups are set according to both external and internal assessments ensuring that the learning is focused on the particular learner’s needs. Four extra literacy lessons have been created within the timetable to allow for more support to be given to those students who need extra help.  These lessons focus on reading, writing, speaking and listening enabling students to develop in all areas of literacy through extended support.

Accelerated Reader – The school uses the Accelerated Reader programme to support the assessment and improvement of students’ reading age supporting their basic literacy skills.

Springboard 7 Maths Programme- Springboard 7 is an early intervention programme for year 7 students who are not “secondary-ready” in mathematics, helping them to master the basics they may have missed at primary level.

Hegartymaths – classroom teachers use online package that supports students by providing maths explanations, modelled examples followed by bespoke assessment. These are targeted from areas of weakness identified by in class formal assessment. 


Catch-up Strategy review

The Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Strategy will be reviewed in September 2019

Review of 2017- 2018


Total number of pupils on roll (September 2017) 1983

Total number of year 7 students on roll 279

Total number of students eligible for catch up funding 131

94 students did not reach National standard in Maths and 108 in English, with 71 students not reaching this standard in both Maths and English

Total funding £28 603

Amount of funding received per pupil £218


Funding received was used towards:

  • Accelerated Reader books
  • a proportion of teaching assistant salaries to support students
  • travelling expenses for ten Year 12 A-level Maths Ambassadors to support a 10 week one to one tuition programme giving 100 hours of tutor assisted time.


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Detailed Breakdown 2018-19

Detailed Breakdown 2017-18