Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium

Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Premium 2017-18

The Literacy and Numeracy Catch up Premium funding provides schools with an additional premium for each pupil who did not achieve the benchmark in English (reading) or Mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2. It is provided to all state funded schools with a Year 7 cohort. In the academic year 2017-18, 16 students scored below 100 in maths and 16 in English with half of these students achieving a score below 90.

The total Literacy and Numeracy Catch up Premium funding for this academic year was £10,978.00


Read Write Inc. Fresh Start Programme:

£250 for training and £70.75 for resources per 5 pupil set.

Read Write Inc. Fresh Start is a dynamic literacy programme based on the rigorous teaching of synthetic phonics. It is designed as an intervention programme for Key Stage 2 & 3 students who have not made good progress in reading and writing quickly and easily. The training and resources provide a cohesive and consistent approach to the teaching of phonics and literacy. The school curriculum is also specifically structured to enable students eligible for the catch-up premium to access two additional hours of English teaching time per week (5 hours per week) in a significantly smaller group (typically less than 10 students to one trained member of staff and supporting teaching assistant) in order to be fully immersed in the programme. The total cost of this provision is £450 per student.

1:1 Literacy and Numeracy Intervention:

Any individual student who is identified as being significantly below their peers in literacy or mathematics receives 1:1, 1:2 or 1:3 tuition with a subject specialist teacher or teaching assistant for one hour per week. This time ensures that students receive personalised and dedicated time to support them in closing the gap with their peers. The literacy teacher uses a combination of tested programmes including phonological awareness training, which teaches children to read, spell and write phonically regular single syllable words by making analogies. Alpha to Omega is another phonological programme specifically designed to accelerate dyslexic pupils in literacy. The cost of this provision varies depending on the number of students in attendance and the number of sessions required. The numeracy specialist currently follows the Mathematics Curriculum and consolidates concepts students may have found challenging and practises the skills required to access mainstream lessons. The cost of this ranges from £230- £532 per student per year.

Vocabulary Enrichment Intervention Programme:

The Vocabulary Enrichment Intervention Programme has two aims: to teach children new words, and to encourage them to use these words in speaking and writing. It seeks to achieve these aims by cultivating children’s enthusiasm for words, and teaching them specific strategies for learning and recalling new terms. It is run by a Teaching Assistant and costs £75 per child per year.

Specialist Teacher

Students who have scored at least one standard deviation below the average (84 or lower) may access support from a Specialist Teacher of Literacy and Numeracy who will undertake further diagnostic assessments before delivering a bespoke 1:1 intervention package. The cost of this is £60 per hour.


Progress for this cohort will be available by the end of September 2018.