Literacy & Numeracy Catch-up and Pupil Premium

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Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional funding allocated to publicly funded schools in England on behalf of students who are considered, for one of a range of social, emotional or financial reasons, to be disadvantaged. The funding is designed to help schools ensure they raise the attainment of these students, and ensure that disadvantaged students are able to progress as well as students who are not.

Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Premium

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium is a small amount of additional funding which schools receive to support Year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2).

Pupil Premium and Literacy & Numeracy Catch Up Premium Report 2017-18

The following table indicates the funding allocated by the Department for Education for Pupil Premium for the academic year 2017-18:

Disadvantage Factor


Students in Y7-11 recorded as having had Free School Meals at any point in the last 6 years.


Children Looked After by Local Authority Care.


Children in ‘post-Local Authority’ care, including those who have been Adopted from Care.


Students in Y7-11 recorded as having been the child who has had a parent in the Armed Forces in the last 6 years.



Pupil Premium funding is not intended to be an individual ‘account’ per student. Rather, schools take an overview of their whole Pupil Premium budget, and the needs of all Pupil Premium students, then direct key strategies to help raise progress and attainment levels amongst Pupil Premium students. It is only by using the money as one budget that high cost support, e.g. staffing for one-to-one/ small group tuition can be funded.

The income received in 2017-18 for Literacy & Numeracy Catch Up Premium is outlined below:



Pupil Premium Funding Received


Pupil Premium due to be received for July August


Literacy & Numeracy Catch-up Premium





The expenditure of those funds in 2017-18 is summarised below:




English and Maths Intervention - Teaching


English and Maths Intervention - Support


Resilience Teaching


Pastoral Support


Educational Books


Educational Materials


Educational IT equipment




Educational Visits


External Providers – Family Support Service


External Providers – Music Fees


Home to School Transport


Licenses and Subscriptions





Impact Assessment 2017-18

Pupil Premium students did make good progress (+0.56); however not as much progress as non-Pupil Premium students (+0.75). In future years, a key performance measure will be the progress of Pupil Premium students at GCSE compared to non-Pupil Premium students nationally. The progress of Pupil Premium students features as an emerging priority in the 2018-19 School Development Plan. Greater personalisation in tailoring the provision to the needs of each individual will be a key objective.

For those students below Age Related Expectations (ARE) at the end of KS2, the reading and maths buddies programme ran throughout the academic year. These programmes were supplemented by lunchtime and after school intervention sessions in the summer term which were led by teaching staff, with Learning Support Assistants also in attendance. Some Pupil Premium students were also invited to these sessions. The overall impact of this provision was:

  • 76% of students below age related expectations made better than expected progress in English, with 24% exceeding their starting threshold (progress residual ≥ 1).
  • 79% of same cohort made more than expected progress in Maths with 43% exceeding their starting threshold (progress residual ≥ 1).

There is evidence that those students with greater attendance rates benefitted the most from the English intervention programme. Attitudinal surveys indicated that all the students found the maths intervention to be useful. All students reported that the sessions improved their confidence in maths, with most stating it improved their confidence ‘a lot’. The progress of students attending the catch-up groups was similar to the progress of those that did not attend. For 2018-19 the objective is to start the catch-up sessions by November, with an attendance target of 85%.

In 2018-19, separate Pupil Premium and KS3 Catch-up Development Plans will be established. Measurable targets will facilitate the assessment of impact over the course of the academic year.