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Catch Up Premium

Statutory statement for 2017-18 on the use of Year 7 catch-up premium

What is the Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium?

Department for Education guidance states:

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives state-funded 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).

Schools should assess the individual needs of each of the pupils who attract the year 7 catch-up premium to decide the best way to use the funding. Schools should only select programmes and approaches that you know are effective. The same overall funding was allocated was allocated in 2017-2018 as the previous year but adjusted to reflect the cohort size.

The information schools are required to publish

If your school has received year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium funding, you must publish:

  • your funding allocation for the current academic year
  • details of how you intend to spend your allocation
  • details of how you spent your previous year’s allocation
  • how last year’s allocation made a difference to the attainment of the pupils who benefit from the funding

Information for St Ivo Academy

For 2017-18, St Ivo School has received £21,852 of catch-up premium (in March 2018).

This funding, together with some of the school’s Pupil Premium allocation, has been used to allow the creation of two additional groups in Year 7 for those students coming to us with low prior attainment in English and Maths.

This “7Jump” programme allows students extra time to focus on literacy and numeracy skills by disapplying them from the study of a modern foreign language. Students also study Geography and History within 7Jump, which assists with literacy catch-up whilst allowing the development of transferable skills. The use of small groups, with students seeing one teacher for 6 hours a week, as well as being taught their English and Maths lessons in small groups, helps students with the transition to a secondary school environment.

In total, the 7Jump programme consists of 48 hours of additional teaching cost, as well as dedicated Teaching Assistant support.

During 2017-18, the Year 7 catch-up premium was spent on the 7Jump programme.


40 students were in the two 7Jump groups.

Students in these groups undertook regular Single Word Spelling Tests, Suffolk Reading Progress tests and Decoding Assessment (Reading Comprehension test). All bar one student made expected progress in these tests through the year.


46 students were in the two Set 6 maths groups.

In Maths students were given similar assessments to the rest of the year group and results recorded as a ‘Pathway’. 4% exceeded expected progress, 75% made expected progress and 11% did not make expected progress.

Current year 2018-19

The school intends to use the Year 7 catch-up premium in the same way as last year.