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Year 7 Catch Up Programme

Year 7 Catch Up Programme

In January 2013, David Laws, the Minister of State for Schools, wrote to Head Teachers of year 7 students about how this money should be used.

“You should assess the needs of the individual pupils in your school to decide the best way to use the funding. You should select programs and approaches which have either been proved to be effective or are showing early promise.

Effective use of funding to support catch-up may include:

2016-2017 Year 7 Catch Up Intervention

Due to assessment changes at KS2, the year 7 Catch up Intervention Programme for 2016-17 has moved away from the bench mark of level 4 and is now focused on students making the ‘expected standard’. The expected standard is a scaled score of 100 in the students’ KS2 assessments for Reading and Numeracy.

We have seen a massive increase in the number of students who will be part of the Year 7 Reading and Numeracy Catch up Intervention Programme when compared with 2015-16.

St George’s Church of England Foundation school have 84 students who failed to achieve the expected standard in their KS2 Reading paper, and 83 students who failed to achieve the expected standard in Numeracy. There is a crossover of 50 students who didn’t meet the expected standard in both Reading and Numeracy.  

Due to the increase in student numbers we are going to hold both afterschool interventions and small group sessions. Sessions within the normal school day will take place in 1 out of 2 of the students’ French lessons.

Groups will be limited to a maximum size of 10 students. They will be taught by specialist teachers who will focus on the skills needed to complete the KS2 SATs paper. Once students have made the expected standard they will be removed from the catch up sessions, though their progress will still be monitored. We will assess students using last year’s KS2 papers.

Allocations for the financial year 2016 to 2017

Funding allocations for 2016-17 will no longer be £500 per student who have failed to reach the expected standard in Reading and/or Numeracy at KS2. Schools will instead receive the same overall amount of year 7 catch-up premium funding they received in 2015 to 2016. This may be adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their year 7 cohort, based on the October 2016 census. This will not be a reflection of the increased number of students that have been identified as not achieving the expected standard in Reading and/or Numeracy.  


Funding impact 2015-2016 Level 4 Catch Up Intervention

In 2015-16 the literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provided schools with an additional £500 for each year 7 student who did not achieve the expected standard in Reading and/or Numeracy at the end of key stage 2.

For our Year 7 cohort in 2015-2016, St George’s C of E Foundation School received a total of £22,500.

Intervention was focused on students achieving at least a National Curriculum  Level 4 in Reading and/or Numeracy.

We had 35 students who were involved in the Numeracy Catch up sessions, due to them being below a level 4 at KS2. These students received an additional 1 hour of Maths intervention by a specialist teacher each week. This hour was during 1 out of their 2 French lessons.

We also had 20 students who failed to achieve a level 4 in Reading. These students also received support for their reading by having 1 hour of additional reading support by a KS2 specialist. Students were also received supported during DEAR time and may have benefited from other reading programmes within the school, to boost literacy skills.


The numeracy intervention programme had impact on all 35 students who made progress from their baseline assessments.


Reading intervention was extremely successful with 100% of students making progress from their KS2 level to assessed levels at the end of year 7. 90% of students made more than 1 whole level of progress and 70% reached the target of achieving a level 4 in Reading by the end of the year.

Intervention was carried out by English teachers who also had Primary experience which was a great asset to the students and aided their progress.

Unfortunately, 6 students failed to consistently achieve a level 4 by the end of the programme, though their progress was pleasing. These 6 students made a combined total of 27 sub levels of progress with 2 students making more than 2 whole levels of progress from their KS2 result. This shows they had made excellent progress from their low starting points.