Year 7 Catch-Up Funding

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support Year 7 students who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2). In 2016, when the funding was introduced, a level 4 was the standard that was considered to be an appropriate level for entry to secondary school.

Guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) states that: “Maintained schools and academies may spend the grant for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school, or for the benefit of pupils registered at other maintained schools and academies. They may also spend it on community facilities, for example services where the provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of pupils at the school or their families, or people who live or work in the school’s locality”.

All schools have to report on how this money was spent, as well as the impact of the premium to those pupils who are eligible. This information, along with an action plan for the current academic year can be found on our website.