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Year 7 Literacy & Numeracy Catch Up Premium

At Chiltern Academy we are committed to accelerating the progress of our pupils, especially in literacy and numeracy.

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives state-funded schools, including special schools and alternative provision settings, additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2 (i.e. Achieved a scaled score of under 100 in GPVS, Reading or Maths).

As a matter of policy, the school aims to address any underachievement by ensuring high quality “first wave” teaching in all lessons and the generality of the school budget is deployed to maximise this. However, we recognise that in addition to this, some students require additionally differentiated intervention to support them to make sound progress in the curriculum and school leaders deploy additional income such as the catch-up premium to subsidise this.

This year, the Academy received £27765.00 from the Y7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium (GPVS 44 below, Reading 57 below, Literacy 66 below age expected for both reading and GPVS, Numeracy 54 below). A further transition teacher had been recruited to support the literacy and numeracy intervention this academic year.

Spend Academic Year: 2019-20 - Total: £35,822.14






Transition teacher employed to close literacy and numeracy gaps and support transition.

Teach intensive literacy skills to targeted year 7 pupils who entered the school with below expected levels at the end of KS2.

Support the EAL pupils and deliver phonics support.

Proportion of transition teachers’ timetables allocation to support literacy and numeracy.







We have a strong literacy and reading culture at the school and pupils are reading often.


The school has been awarded an ‘Area of Excellence’ for reading in the peer reviewed quality assurance.


Due to the lockdown, we have been unable to conduct the end of year literacy and numeracy assessments to gauge overall progress.


The mid-point assessments indicated that 81.5% of pupils had made expected progress in reading and 95% of pupils had made some progress in spelling.







Accelerated Reader programme

Use of Lexia programme to improve pupils’ reading comprehension, spelling and english skills.


Online quizzing to measure, track and support the improvement in reading ages.

Cost of programme for targeted pupils:





1:1 Reading

One to one reading sessions with TA and support with comprehension.

TA salary-

4 hours a week



Phonics and language development

Pupils with poor spoken language and EAL pupils are given targeted phonics and/or language development sessions.

Luton Literacy programme followed.

TA salary-

5 hours a week



Reading comprehension/English skills catch up sessions

Use of KS2 and KS3 CGP workbooks as intervention booklets.


Sessions led by TAs.

210 books for all pupils.


£2.60 per book.



TA salary-

4 hours a week.



Reading programmes

DEAR time, reading forms and library lessons.

Cost of reading books for targeted reading form groups.



Numeracy catch up sessions.

Small group sessions with TA.


Use of KS3 CGP books as intervention booklets.

TA salary-

4 hours a week.



Cost of books.

60 books. £3.60 per book.



The pupils who did not “catch-up” will continue to receive intervention from Numeracy 1-to-1, Lexia, Reading 1-to-1 and will receive intervention through Maths lessons and English lessons until they meet age related expectations alongside the new study plus band created to tailor the curriculum and support for these pupils.


The DfE has confirmed that this grant will be discontinued for September 2020 – pupils will instead be provided for under the low prior attainment factor of the national funding formula.



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