Year 7 Catch Up Premium

St Martin’s School Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up premium - 2020/21

The Year 7 Catch-up premium has now been replaced by the Covid-19 catch-up premium which helps schools to provide additional support and intervention for students in years 7-11 to help combat the negative impacts of the unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus. The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial, and the Covid19 catch-up premium is provided in response to the scale of the significant challenge.

What was the Catch-up Premium?

The premium we received for Yr7 Literacy and Numeracy. It was intended for students who have been identified as low attaining pupils at the end of key stage 2. Low attainment is defined as attainment below age-related expectations.

In the academic year 2019-20 we received £14,128.

How is impact measured?

Data drops are obtained three times across the school year in the autumn, spring and summer terms. Each student’s current attainment is analysed and progress towards their expected end of year grade is measured. Where students are accessing specific Catch‐up interventions additional assessments may be used to more rigorously assess the progress of students and impact of provision.

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch up strategies implemented at St Martin’s School:

  • The Letterbox Club. This is an initiative run by the BookTrust, who supply support materials for both literacy and numeracy. These packs contain: revision guides, reading books and games that are delivered in 1-2-1 sessions run by selected sixth formers.
  • Afterschool 1-2-1 tuition in either English or maths has been organised for students identified as needing the most support.
  • DEAR time is completed daily with books selected being of an appropriate challenge to our Catch Up students. English staff and the librarian monitor their progress closely.
  • The Accelerated Reading programme is also used for all students.
  • Access to Lexia PowerUp an online literacy programme.
  • A class set of tablets to be used in school to access literacy and numeracy programmes.
  • Timetabled literacy and numeracy classes take place once a week.
  • Extra 1-2-1 literacy and numeracy lessons take place during the school day for those also identified on the SEND register.


Based on 2019/20:

  • The Accelerated Reader programme has proved very successful with 75% of students involved achieving an improvement in reading age. 49% of these students have significantly increased their reading age in line with peers.
  • Literacy interventions have also been successful with 37% of students making at least 2 or more sub-levels of progress. 16% of catch up students have achieved 3 sub-levels of progress.
  • Numeracy figures are still slightly behind with only 5% achieving two or more sub-levels. This will group will remain a key focus for teachers.