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Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up

What is this premium?

The government gives extra funding called The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium to state-funded schools, including special schools and alternative provision settings. This additional funding is given to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in Literacy or Maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).

At St. Anthony’s, many of our pupils are considerably below where they should when they start and were at Year 6. This is due to the nature of their social, emotional and mental health difficulties. It is our responsibility to allocate this funding in the best possible way to break-down barriers to learning and to secure the best possible progress for each child.

September 2018-July 2019

At St Anthony’s School, we had 15 pupils in September 2018, who had not reached the required end of Key Stage 2 standard. We do not yet know how much we will be allocated.

How we plan to spend our 2018-19 funding:

  • A specialist Reading Doctor, who delivers a bespoke 1:1 reading programme. Each pupil will be assessed at the start of the academic year, by the Reading Doctor and started on the 1:1 programme.
  • Reading books that are high interest, low ability, across all the colour band levels to give the pupils a variety of books that meet their needs.
  • Continue to improve resources, in particular a set of text books that provide a full explanation of all the relevant KS3 topics, preferably one that also has a set of ‘catch up’ resources that can run alongside.
  • To have a ‘maths day’ again, that enables the students to learn for themselves.

Expected impact:


All the pupils that worked with the Reading Doctor previously, have made progress in their reading and overall English levels. This year, we expect all pupils that received the catch up funding to make expected or above expected progress.


Current results in Maths (May 19) show that all pupils have shown good progress with the exception of 1 student who is well below expected level. All students will be continuing with the interventions and plans we have in place for students in order for them to continue to engage in mathematics, and make the desired progress with secure knowledge.

September 2017-July 2018

At St Anthony’s School we had 17 pupils in September 2017, who had not reached the required end of Key Stage 2 standard and so we were allocated £7555 as part of the Catch-up Premium to help improve learning outcomes for our Catch up pupils.

How we spent our 2017-18 funding: Amount

a variety of numeracy resources such as class sets of clocks, balancing and weighing equipment, bead strings, etc. to enable the year 7 students to actually play with the equipment – to ‘find it out for themselves’ which is a much better way to


Computer software, to use in class as a lesson, or as a 1 to 1 resource for student catch up.


Visiting circus and activities


Reading Doctor, assesses each year 7 pupil and sets them up with the correct reading level and works with them 1:1 until they have a reading age of 8yrs old and are ready to join a guided reading group.


Literacy has spent money on buying in the Benchmark assessment package, so that year 7 pupils can have an accurate reading assessment at the start of the academic year.


Impact of spending:


During 2017-18 there was a focus on reading and the aim was to ensure all children in Year 7 had, as a minimum, a reading age of 8 years. All the children were assessed and had targeted support and intervention. Those with a reading age below 8 years had one to one sessions throughout the year with the Reading Doctor. In 2017-18, year 7 pupils made an average of 2.3 years progress in reading. In addition to improved reading ages, pupils are also more willing to read and share stories. Reading is now celebrated.


A higher proportion of the Year 7s this year, had a negative, can’t do attitude. During 2017-18, there was focus on making Maths more practical and enjoyable, improving attitudes towards the subject and willingness to have a go. Practical resources were purchased and there use was developed. In 2017-18 82% of Year 7 pupils made progress within expected range or above.This included 3 children one progress point above their target; 1 child two points above their target; and 1 child four points above target.