Year 7 Catch Up Premium

2015 - 2016

*We received £27,000 for Y7 pupils who did not attain a level 4 in English reading and/or maths

*The funding was used to bring in an external company, Pet xi, to deliver week long immersive programme for both subject areas. Learners were engaged in different activities designed to not only develop subject skills but also to develop self-esteem. They also received additional support during the week from staff provided by the school.

*For one pupil, a 2 week bespoke programme was devised and delivered due to his individual needs.

*Looking at the end of year attainment data78% of those who did not achieve the KS2 benchmark did so by the end of year 7 in English and 54% did so in maths.

2016 - 17

We have received the same £27,000 funding as last year for Y7 pupils who were deemed as not being secondary ready at KS2.

This year Maths begun a ‘Maths Mastery’ programme which provides weekly support for 1 lesson per week working to secure the foundations of maths skills. Initial testing took place and pupils were grouped according to ability so that support could be differentiated. Students work through a tailored programme developing their core skills and are assessed again at the end of the block to measure impact. The assessment is based on KS2 success criteria. Further support will continue for those students who require it. We have allocated £10,000 for the ‘Maths Mastery’ programme to be delivered by a visiting teacher working 2 days a week throughout the year.

March 2017 Update – 91% of the students who have been on the Mastery programme so far this year are on track to meet their targets. They are also demonstrating greater confidence and resilience in their main Maths lessons due to them feeling on par with their peers.

Students not ‘Secondary Ready’ in English are immediately enrolled onto the Accelerated Reading Programme, to support their progress in English and as part of this, our library is funded (through Catch-up funding) in order to ensure that it is continually stocked with age-appropriate texts, for those students who have joined us with a below chronological age, reading age.  Where students are significantly below their chronological age, for reading and are unable to access Accelerated Reader, they are enrolled on Read, Write, Ink., where they work 1-2-1 and in small groups with a reading specialist. On completion of the programme, 89% of the students had made at least 1 year of progress, in their reading age, enabling them to move onto the Accelerated Reader programme and into the Accelerated Reader small group intervention (see below).  For those who still have significantly low reading ages, we have also allocated funding to Star Early Literacy testing, from which appropriate intervention will be put in place, for phonics and basic reading skills, in May 2017.
November 2016

Through Accelerated Reader 60% of students deemed not ‘secondary ready’, made at least 6 months reading-age progress, in the first full term.  Students who continued to record a reading age below chronological age, then entered small-group intervention, with an English teacher, again using their Accelerated Reader library books, as a focus of the intervention, to encourage rapid progress in reading ages. 
£7, 500 was allocated to classroom technology (Learn Pads), to facilitate regular reading and quizzing, on the Accelerated Reader programme, so that their comprehension skills improve quickly and support progress in English.  These are now in classrooms and will be ready for use in April 2017.
March 2017

From the small intervention groups, the average reading- age increase is six - eight months, made in the months from January to March 2017. Some students have improved their reading age, to fall in line with their chronological age and will no longer attend intervention.  Those with reading ages still below chronological age, will continue with small-group reading until the end of the year, to maximise progress.

Catch Up Funding 2017-2018

We have received £25,500 funding for students that have not reached the expected standard and are therefore note Secondary Ready in either English or Maths or both.  Both subjects have a consistent approach in the setting of targets, designation of intervention and the process of testing.


Maths has continued with the ‘Mastery Maths’ programme this year, though a number of improvements have been made to strengthen its value.  The programme delivered is modelled on a programme utilised through the PIXL strategy.  The programme continues to be delivered by a visiting teacher working 1 day per week.  £5000 has been allocated to this provision.  The management of this programme is now also overseen by a new Key Stage 3 coordinator in Maths.  Catch Up Funding has been used to strengthen the management structure in Maths to help facilitate progress in Maths.

Identified students receive a block of dedicated intervention time involving 1 lesson per week. Students are then assessed using SATs papers to enable us to make direct progress comparison to be made.  Those who have not yet reached the Expected Standard will continue to receive regular interventions.

January 2018 update

Students are about to undertake the first wave of testing to monitor and assess progress.


English continues to utilise the Accelerated Reader Programme to support progress.  Some funding has been used to ensure this programme is available in school.  The Library continues to be a strong focal point of the programme and has continued to strengthen the books available to students.  The curriculum also supports the programme with a dedicated Accelerated Reader lesson each week and regular tutor time reading slots.  Alongside these those students identified as not Secondary Ready also receive a block of small group reading intervention involving 1 lesson per week.  Those who have not yet reached the Expected Standard will continue to receive regular interventions.

Assessment as with Maths is through the Key Stage 2 SATs Reading paper at the end of their intervention block.  We can also monitor progress within the Accelerated Reader Programme through the regular quizzing students undertake and the termly testing undertaken in lessons.

To facilitate this English staff have been well trained to deliver the programme and year 7 tutors receive regular CPD to enable them to track progress of their tutees.

As with Maths Catch Up Funding has been used to strengthen the management structure in English to help facilitate progress in reading.

January 2018 update

Non Secondary Ready Cohort 

SATs Testing

  • 66.5% are now deemed Secondary Ready
  • 31% not yet Secondary Ready
  • 2.5% have yet to finish their  intervention programme prior to testing

Accelerated Reader Progress (November testing information)

  • 55% have made chronological reading age progress
  • 17% of students made at least 1 years chronological reading age progress