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Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium

The Literacy and Numeracy Catch up Premium funding provides schools with an additional premium for each pupil who did not achieve the benchmark in English (reading) or Mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2. It is provided to all state funded schools with a Year 7 cohort.


Accelerated Reader:

The total cost of this programme £10,461.35 per annum.

Accelerated Reader is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice while promoting reading for pleasure. This programme was purchased for all Key Stage 3 pupils with the aim of promoting a reading culture across years 7-9. However, the main aim of this programme is to accelerate the progress of those students who receive catch-up funding specifically with reading, which is a skill which determines how well they can access the rest of the curriculum.

Read Write Inc. Fresh Start Programme:

£250 for training and £70.75 for resources per 5 pupil set.

Read Write Inc. Fresh Start is a dynamic literacy programme based on the rigorous teaching of synthetic phonics. It is designed as an intervention programme for Key Stage 2 & 3 students who have not made good progress in reading and writing quickly and easily. The training and resources provide a cohesive and consistent approach to the teaching of phonics and literacy. The school curriculum is also specifically structured to enable students eligible for the catch-up premium to access two additional hours of English teaching time per week (5 hours per week) in a significantly smaller group (typically less than 10 students to one trained member of staff and supporting teaching assistant) in order to be fully immersed in the programme.

1:1 Literacy and Numeracy Intervention:

Each child identified as being significantly below their peers in literacy or mathematics receives 1:1 tuition with a subject specialist teacher or teaching assistant for one hour per week. This time ensures that students receive personalised and dedicated time to support them in closing the gap with their peers. The literacy teacher uses a combination of tested programmes including phonological awareness training, which teaches children to read, spell and write phonically regular single syllable words by making analogies. Alpha to Omega is another phonological programme specifically designed to accelerate dyslexic pupils in literacy. The cost of this is £2180 per child per year. The numeracy specialist currently follows the Mathematics Curriculum and consolidates concepts students may have found challenging and practises the skills required to access mainstream lessons. The cost of this is £532 per child per year.

Vocabulary Enrichment Intervention Programme:

The Vocabulary Enrichment Intervention Programme has two aims: to teach children new words, and to encourage them to use these words in speaking and writing. It seeks to achieve these aims by cultivating children’s enthusiasm for words, and teaching them specific strategies for learning and recalling new terms. It is run by a Teaching Assistant and costs £75 per child per year.