Year 7 Literacy & Numeracy Catch-up Premium

What is the 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).
All state-funded schools with year 7 pupils receive this funding. 
The money is to be used by schools to deliver additional tuition or intensive support in small groups, giving pupils valuable support to bring them up to speed so that they are more likely to succeed at secondary school. 
The funding will not be ring-fenced for catch-up activities but it is expected that this funding is used for additional literacy and numeracy catch-up during Year 7 given that this can make a critical difference to pupils at this important stage.

Allocations for the financial year 2016 to 2017

In 2016 to 2017 schools will receive the same overall amount of year 7 catch-up premium funding they received in 2015 to 2016, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their year 7 cohort, based on the October 2016 census. 

How do we use the funding at Babington?

The additional funding is used at Babington to fund the following:

  • Catch-up reading
  • Mathletics programme 
  • Leicester City Football Club – Challenge weeks
  • Appointment of an additional member of staff to deliver catch and related programmes

What is Catch Up reading?

This is an Intervention strategy for pupils whose reading age is significantly below chronological age.  We work with students that have a reading age below 9 years 6 months.

Catch-up reading helps to improve:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Self-Esteem

The strategy is for all students.

The programme is delivered twice a week for 15 minutes, with a rolling fortnightly timetable.  The first and second sessions may be longer as in-depth assessments needed before start.  This programme is delivered either in the Catch Up room (LS2, LS3), in the Library or in a convenient room near the classroom.

The funding is used for training for the nine staff that are in the delivery team.  Funding is also used to purchase books for the programme.  We have an extensive Library that is located in LS2 and LS3.  

What is the Mathletics programme?

Mathletics is an online programme that switches students on to maths.  It’s engaging, supportive and targeted to the national curriculum.  Mathletics is a purpose-built programme to provide students with study tools and resources to enable them to catch-up and progress through to GCSE and beyond, allowing them to take greater control of their learning.

What is the Leicester City Football Club Challenge?

Working in partnership with Leicester City FC Community Trust, we have developed the challenge weeks that are designed to accelerate literacy and numeracy progress by engaging and inspiring students through football related literacy and numeracy activities. We have run the challenge weeks for three years now.  The challenge weeks, based at Leicester City FC ‘King Power Stadium’ and training ground ‘Belvoir Drive’, aim to bring literacy and numeracy to life. The action packed programme links together many different aspects of the football club all of which are couched in links to literacy and numeracy. These sessions are then backed up with classroom based lessons delivered by Babington’s outstanding teaching team in partnership with LCFC staff. An example activity is literacy/numeracy through history. A ‘History & Memorabilia’ session provided by club historian John Hutchinson. This sessions aim to bring to life old newspaper articles, programs and statistics of the clubs history linking with Literacy & Numeracy. This experience is then reflected in teacher led sessions provided by Babington of which reflects the activities provided by Leicester City FC creating the link between Literacy & Numeracy.

Impact of the catch-up premium 2015 - 2016

Leicester City Football Club Challenge Week:

From 11th – 15th April 2016, a group of year 7 students visited LCFC on a numeracy challenge week. As well as one numeracy task each day which was delivered by a member of Babington’s maths team, they also worked together in team building activities and a business task where they had to find a way to attract more customers to the club on a game day.

They worked well on the numeracy tasks, gaining confidence in topics such as averages, BIDMAS and calculating calories burned in a day.

In addition to these classroom tasks, they enjoyed talks on the history of LCFC, a trip to the club shop, a tour of the stadium and a tour of the training ground where they watched the start of the first team training session. They even saw the owner’s helicopter come in and land on the pitch!

The football sessions were a success, and they took pride in themselves and in Babington during the whole week.  The week really engaged the students and developed their love for maths.

Catch-up reading

35 students finished Catch Up = 103 levels progress were made

  • 9 students made 3 levels progress which is 18 months
  • 4 students made 2 levels progress which is 12 months
  • 1 students made 1 level progress which is 6 months
  • There were 15 students that made more than 3 levels progress

Students that are still on Catch Up or started over the year:-

  • 1 student made 8 levels progress which is 48 months
  • 1 student made 6 levels progress which is 36 months
  • 1 student made  5 levels progress which is 30 months
  • 3 students made 4 levels progress which is 24 months
  • 3 students made 3 levels progress which is 18 months
  • 4 students made 2 levels progress which is 12 months


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Maths expected progress

English expected progress

5 or more A or A* GCSEs

Students gained EBacc