Catch Up Funding

Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium

We receive catch-up funding for our Year 7 pupils who didn’t reach the expected standard in Key Stage 2 tests.

We are aware of the question level analysis from our individual scholar’s performance in each question and element of the three Key Stage 2 tests: mathematics, reading and grammar, punctuation and spelling. Therefore, our plans to spend the catch-up funding are specific to overcoming these identified areas for development for each pupil.

The effectiveness of this strategy will be continually evaluated, and a report of the effectiveness of the previous year’s spending will be published here also.

Our scholars

At Castle Mead, in year 7 for 2019-20, 29% of our scholars do not meet the expected standard in Literacy and 19% did not meet the expected standard in Numeracy.  Therefore our funding for last academic year was £92,892.

Numeracy Year 7 Catch-up Plan 2019-20

Literacy Year 7 Catch-up Plan 2019-20


Evaluation Data for the previous year:

Based on evaluation of the catch-up strategy from 2019-20, the most effective interventions as part of the strategy were:

  • Use support staff effectively to assist and intervene with LPA pupils.
  • Prep
  • PL for staff
  • Use of manipulatives in Mathematics with catch-up pupils
  • Numeracy Ninjas and Times Tables Rockstars
  • Maths Mastery (White Rose)
  • Reading for Pleasure lessons
  • Grammar lessons
  • Direct Instruction intervention programme
  • NTE support (Additional English lessons)

Many of these strategies were to the benefit of all scholars, but as seen in the results below have meant that LPA scholars made pleasing progress in both English and maths:

 YEAR 7 2020
% Caught up for English by the end of the year97%
% Caught up for maths by the end of the year100%
  • 31/32 LPA scholars were on track to make ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ progress in English in data drop 2 of last academic year.
  • 32/32 LPA scholars were on track to make ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ progress in maths in data drop 2 of last academic year.


Coronavirus Catch-up Premium

The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time. Schools’ allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to 11.

  • The Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium Strategy, 2020-21 for Castle Mead can be found here.
  • It is expected that we receive £37,440 as part of the Coronavirus catch-up funding.
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