The Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium was a government allocation, which gave schools additional funding to support students in Year 7 who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2).
The funding was used to provide literacy and numeracy support to enable students to ‘catch-up’ as quickly as possible in order to provide maximum opportunity to succeed at secondary school.
This funding ceased in 2019/20, but at Hetton School we believe that the focus of the premium was entirely correct and so took the decision to maintain the funding ring-fenced for this work, but this time from our central budget.
We support all students with their literacy and numeracy dependent on need. Those with a further ‘distance to travel’ receive more interventions than those that just need an additional push.
Objectives of the Catch-up Funding
- close the gap in attainment of students by providing intensive support in literacy and numeracy
- accelerate progress through rapid intervention
- further identify any potential barriers to learning
- raise the self-confidence and resilience of our students in the reading, writing and number work.