Year 7 Catch-Up Premium

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools 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 (KS2).

At Maplewell the large majority, if not all, of our students in year 7 have not achieved the expected, age related, standards in reading or Maths at the end of KS2 due to their moderate learning difficulties.

When evaluating the impact of the premium we therefore consider not only academic progress but also the development of softer skills such as resilience and independent working which have a massive impact upon pupil progress throughout Key Stages 3 and 4.

For the financial year 2017 to 2018 the school received £17,619 of Year 7 Catch-Up funding. For the financial year 2018 to 2019 the school received £14,286. For the financial year 2019 to 2020 we expect to receive approximately £15,000.

Last Year

Last year we were able to offer an increased commitment to year 7s on the after school tuition timetable and we started to see the impact of our literacy across the curriculum policy being implemented. In addition to this we also:

  • Bought a large set of, age appropriate, books for the year 7 base
  • Increased Maths resources in the year 7 base, including textbooks
  • Increased the quantity and quality of academic display boards
  • Introduced a coaching carousel to further develop the quality of teaching and learning.
  • More accurately baselined incoming students to identify gaps.

Moving Forward

This year we will utilise the year 7 catch-up funding in a variety of ways in order to support the progress in both English and Maths. We will continue with the proven strategies, interventions and systems in place but also:

  • Increase the provision on the after school tuition timetable for year 7s
  • Outside reading area to be developed
  • Continued development of Literacy across the Curriculum Policy
  • Residential trip to Beaumanor Hall
  • Utilise our Home School Link Workers to develop parent partnerships
  • Subsidised residential and after school club places
  • Dedicated reading time on the school timetable
  • Introduce subject TAs
  • Continue to utilise our K5 young leaders to provide role models for Year 7 students.
  • Start to measure Essential skills and develop these explicitly with Year 7.




The chart above highlights the impact of the year 7 catch up funding, with a higher proportion of students making at least minimum progress in Maths and science, with only a slight difference in English.


Year group Positive Points Negative Points Ratio -:+
7 13824 -257 2%:98%
8 16754 -440 3%:97%
9 15125 -800 5%:95%
10 9998 -302 3%:97%
11 7272 -312 4%:96%

The data above shows that Year 7 received the fewest negative points of any year group in KS3 + KS4 with the best ratio of -:+

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