Kempston Challenger Academy | Year 7 Catch-Up Funding
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Year 7 Catch-Up Funding

The Government’s literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). Schools receive £500 for each pupil in year 7 who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading or maths at the end of KS2.

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.


KS2 data has showed that Year 7 on entry were below the national average. Catch up funding was utilised therefore, in the following areas ;-

  • Thinking Reading programme AIM – To rapidly increase the confidence and literacy levels of students
  • Accelerated Reader programme – AIM To enhance the development of literacy and to embed the work of English teachers. To foster a love of reading.
  • STEM events in Science and Maths – AIM To allow use of developing maths skills and to deploy these in an out of school setting.
  • With the Premium funding, the school was able to construct three classes in English and Maths rather than two. AIM – to allow more time and support to those who are behind expected levels of progress.
  • The use of GL Assessments. AIM – to provide a national benchmark to measure student’s ability. To provide a ‘check and balance’ on the assessments currently in place in Year 7.


2018 Evaluation           (Development point)

  • Thinking Reading – all students who undertook the programme advanced their literacy skills, although some advanced more than others. (Continue to grow the programme and allow TAs to develop their skills in delivering.)
  • Accelerated Reader – although enjoyed by some students, Student Voice discussions showed that involvement in this was not consistent. When asked, students identified a limited number of books in their chosen genres which had quizzes attached to them. (Use AR with years 7 and 8, investing in books Student Voice suggest.)
  • Students valued the STEM events and asked for more. (Use Contour to find STEM speakers. Tie this in with Gatsby 4 aim of creating encounters with Business.)
  • Staff and students liked the smaller classes. (Maintain three tutor groups in Years 7-8)
  • Develop a new whole school Literacy Strategy to embed and grow the development made.


Summary data and analysis

  Year 6 Assessments
  Expected APS AP1  

Exp  AP1



Exp AP2



Exp AP3


Reading 36   0%   6%   16%   25%
    22.85   23.72   24.28  
Maths  38 0%   3%   6%   9%
    23   23.88   25.22  


Areas to improve practise ;-

  • Small group work/targeted support in Maths
  • Develop a Literacy Strategy
  • Mentoring