Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium

This is a whole-school policy, within the framework of which the Primary School and the Nursery policies operate as appropriate.

The Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up premium is additional money which is allocated to support any Year 7 pupil who did not achieve the expected standard in reading and/or Mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2. For 2017-18 this is any pupil who did not achieve the expected standardised score of 100 for reading and Mathematics.

In 2017-18 schools will receive the same overall amount of Year 7 Catch-up premium as they received in 2016-17. Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School received £2,000 last year and we expect to receive the same amount this year. The interventions are planned with this amount in mind. There are 31 pupils who were below the score of 100 in Reading and 14 pupils who had a score below 100 in Mathematics. However some scored below in both so we have a total of 36 pupils on the Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up list, 9 of whom are below 100 in both reading and Mathematics.

Secondary schools are expected to use Y7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium money to provide support and intervention which enables these Year 7 students to make accelerated progress at the beginning of Key Stage 3.

What do we do?

We assess the individual needs of each of the students who attract the Year 7 catch-up premium to decide the best way to use the funding. We use baseline testing (MidYIS) alongside prior attainment data to set appropriate targets for each of our pupils. We carefully monitor the progress of all of our students and design a range of programmes and approaches that we know are effective.

How do we do it?

  • All low-ability students are supported in their Mathematics and English classes by smaller sets which allow for more individual attention from the class teacher.
  • All Y7, Y8 and Y9 students are screened using a diagnostic reading and spelling test on ‘Accelerated Reader’ (AR).
  • All students in Y7, Y8 and Y9 follow the ‘Accelerated Reader’ – a programme that supports students in reading, enjoying and understanding texts. Following the programme has been shown to significantly boost the reading ages of pupils.
  • The reading ages of the identified pupils are carefully monitored and extra support is provided by the class teacher and the School Librarian where necessary.
  • My Maths ( is a subscription web-based service to which the school subscribes. Y7 pupils who are below the expected level in Mathematics are targeted with extra learning activities on this website which can be monitored by their class teacher.

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