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

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 since KCA opened 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.


2019 Evaluation  – Sept 2019         (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. There was also limited capability to organise the programme. ( Cease AR until a Librarian can be appointed.)
  • 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. (Appoint a Literacy co-ordinator.)




IMPACT 2019 Review

  • Of the students who took part in Thinking Reading, 92% improved their Reading


  • The TR cohort was small (20 students.)
  • Literacy – 2019 innovations

        All students write for an hour a fortnight   (In place Xmas 2019.)

        Acronyms now cascaded down to KS3     (Complete in English and History)

        Word of the Week began Jan 2019  (Inconsistent – pass to Librarian   when   appointed.)





2019 Priorities

Areas to improve ;-

  • Small group work/targeted support in Maths
  • Appoint a Librarian – ()
  • Appoint a Head of Literacy and develop a Literacy Strategy
  • Mentoring – consider the extension of mentoring between Year 7 students and 6th
  • Increase the number of students who access Thinking Reading. (Dec 2019 – Three new TAs have been appointed.)