Catch-up Premium


The literacy and numeracy Catch-Up Premium gives schools additional funding 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).

Schools receive an additional £500 for each student in Year 7 who did not meet this level in Year 6.

This additional funding has been allocated to every school because national figures show that, on average, this group does not achieve as well as their peers across the country. However, this group of students are able to do just as well as all other students and the funding is therefore to support schools to address this issue.

How must this money be used?

Schools 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 only select programmes and approaches that we know are effective.

How much funding does Becket Keys receive?

Schools receive an additional £500 for each student in Year 7 who did not achieve the expected standard in reading and/ or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2).

In 2012/ 13 the school received £11,500 for 23 students

In 2013/ 14 the school received £11,000 for 22 students

In 2014/15 the school received £4,500 for 9 students

In 2015/16 the school received £6,000 for 12 students

In 2016/17 the school received £6,000 for 12 students

In 2017/18 the school received £6,800 for 13 students

In 2018/19 the school received £6,800 (the DfE based this on the same overall amount of Year 7 catch-up premium funding we received in 2017 to 2018)

How does the school use this funding?

The school uses this funding to provide extra support for those students who need additional literacy and numeracy support in order to achieve success in line with school and national expectations.

Provision available include:

  • 1-1 and small group intervention in English and mathematics workshops.
  • 1-1 and small group reading workshops.
  • Small group times table workshop.
  • Small group ‘Units of Sound’ workshop, supporting phonological awareness, reading and spelling skills.
  • Phonics workshop.
  • Fine motor skills workshop.
  • Speech and language workshops (Including the Vocabulary Enrichment Intervention Programme – Joffe).
  • Purchase of reading pens for some students in receipt of the Catch-up Premium to support reading across the curriculum
  • Additions to the school library of appropriate accessible books (fiction and non-fiction) to support independent reading
  • 1-1 learning mentoring (1-1 support).
  • 1-1 emotional well-being counselling support.
  • Homework support and independent learning resources purchased, such as MyMaths.


All students, regardless of Catch-Up Premium eligibility, take part in extra-curricular activities.

School objectives for spending the grant

For students eligible for Catch-Up Premium to make expected or better than expected progress academically, and to share as fully in school life as all other students.

How does the school measure success?

The school tracks the progress of all students, including students in this particular group. Success is evidenced by the outcomes for these students which demonstrates that they are making progress similar to, or in some cases better than, their peers in the school and equal to or above average nationally.