Year 7 Catch-Up Funding

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium 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).

In 2017/18 Farnborough Spencer Academy received £14,000.

Farnborough Spencer Academy allocated the funding in the following way:

  • LSA training/CPD to deliver ‘Catch Up’ literacy programme £1000
  • Literacy group in year 7 (8 and 9) – Pupils identified through baseline tests/Ks2 data to receive 2 hours extra literacy lessons with a teacher £5,000
  • One to one literacy support (Catch Up programme for numeracy and literacy) with Learning Support Assistant £1,716 (literacy)
  • £1,650 (numeracy)
  • Teacher training to support achieve groups £400
  • GL Assessment (testing system) to measure reading and comprehension abilities for measuring impact of intervention £1,900


In 2016/17 Farnborough Spencer Academy received £16,500 for pupils who entered Y7 with KS2 SATS levels below 4 in English and Maths in September 2015.

The funding was spent to support 21 pupils to meet the expected standard in literacy through a catch up reading programme. 50% of pupils met the expected standard by the end of the year. Where pupils were significantly below the expected standard, 33% made 3 levels of progress in English over the year.

The strategy to have smaller maths groups in each year half for the 25 pupils who failed to meet the expected standard in maths led to 20% of pupils making the expected standard by the end of the year. In response to this Numeracy has been added to the KS3 curriculum.


Monitoring impact

A baseline reading is taken at start of year 7 to identify pupils along with Key Stage 2 data.

Appropriate intervention is identified:

  • Nurture group
  • Literacy groups
  • One to one Catch Up reading


Pupils are retested using Salford reading tests which measure reading and comprehension ages. Data is tracked and intervention is adapted if required.