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Catch Up Funding

The government intention is to ensure that all students can achieve irrespective of possible disadvantages. The catch up premium is allocated to those students in Year 7 who have left primary school having not met expected levels. The funding should be used to ensure the very best outcomes are possible for students who need it most. Schools are tasked with identifying the pupils who need extra support and selecting programmes and approaches which are effective. For example, the funding could be used to pay for:

  • Individual tuition
  • Intensive small-group tuition
  • External services and materials
  • Summer schools that help students catch up over a short period of time

What is Year 7 catch up funding?

The literacy and numeracy catch up premium provides schools with an additional £500 for each student who did not achieve expected levels in their KS2 SATs. In previous years, this meant all students who did not achieve a level 4 in Reading and/or Mathematics. For the last three years, the results of the KS2 SATs have been given as a standardised score where the average is 100. Students who achieved a standardised score of less than 100 were deemed to have not met the expected standard. Allocations of catch up funds to schools in the year 2018/19 were the same as 2015/16 adjusted to reflect the change in the Year 7 cohort.

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