Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve there are (Age Related Expectations) in English and/or Maths at the end of Key Stage 2. Typically, the reading component of English is lower that other areas. This fact has coloured the College response to the way we distribute funds and re-model the College.   Catch-up funding has been used to:


  1. We have employed a skilled and trained Primary school teacher (SENDCos trained) to offer tailor made support to individuals who may not have achieved their age-related expectations.  These students are not simply extracted but we have increased the number of classes taught each week in English and maths to ensure consistent support and coherence in student learning.

  2. We have used funding to train the staff to support the development of Tier 2 and 3 vocabulary.  This is a whole College drive and one that both our research and data as well as the national evidence base suggests is at the heart of underachievement across all subjects.

  3. A broad range of novels and books have been purchased and are given to each year group (KS3) to read during tutor time. Texts have been specifically selected to ensure an increasing level of challenge as each year progresses and b) to develop student cultural capital.

  4. One to one reading happens each day with target students.  Usually this occurs during the period 5 DEAR time (Drop Everything and Read).

  5. We have invested in CATs testing (years 7 and 8), this allows us a clearer picture of student’s ability.

  6. NGRT tests (years 7-9) have been purchased to identify literacy needs and to evidence the impact we are making on student literacy.

  7. We have purchased YARC and trained staff in the delivery of this.  Students in the bottom two stanines for reading (in year 7) are tested to identify individual needs and gaps in learning. This also allows us to track the impact of interventions.

  8. We have created capacity, during tutor time, for students in the bottom two stanines for reading (year 7) to receive bespoke intervention packages.  These packages may include programmes such as reciprocal reading, phonics or Fresh Start.

  9. We have staffed homework clubs (Wednesdays and Thursdays) to ensure that students get the help and support they require (and may not be available at home).

  10. We have increased the size of our Learning Mentor Team to support E and M.  A learning mentor is available throughout the College day to work with targeted students.  

  11. We have had external training provided by an educational psychologist for our Learning Mentors and English Teachers in ‘Precision Instruction’, a widely recognised strategy to support the development of students’ Literacy and Numeracy.

  12. We are investing time and training to ensure that literacy and numeracy are seen by students as ‘learning themes’ that apply to all subjects.  This will be increasingly evidenced by DDIs (Dedicated Drop Ins) and improvements insisted upon by actionable steps.

  13. Knowledge Organisers have been produced by all departments to identify the key learning, numeracy and literacy content and skills that are to be delivered each 6 weeks.  Students and their parents can refer to these in order to reinforce/revisit learning.

  14. There is a literacy group of specialists across Westcountry Schools Trust and the Plymouth Teacher and Schools Alliance. We work in partnership to develop practice and external quality assurance.