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Year 7 Catch-Up Funding


Expenditure overview and impact assessment for 2016/2017

The literacy and numeracy catch up funding provides schools with additional funding to support those children who performed below national expectations at KS2 in English and Maths. It is provided to all state funded schools with a Year 7 cohort. This overview addresses the following areas:

  • Thorp Academy's funding allocation for the current academic year
  • Details of how we intend to spend this year's allocation (2017-2018)
  • Details of how we spent the previous year's allocation (2016-2017)
  • How last year's allocation made a difference to the attainment of the pupils who benefited from the funding.

Expenditure for 2016-2017: How the money was spent

2016-2017 funding: £9793

Curriculum re-structure

The curriculum is structured to enable those pupils who would benefit from additional hours in English and/or math to have timetabled extra hours of the subjects. Students in this group now access five extra hours of English and maths teaching per fortnight in small groups by qualified subject teachers. This small group allows intensive and extended support to meet the needs of these pupils, ensuring that their core skills (which underpin the rest of the curriculum) are developed. This accounts for the majority of the catch up funding

Programme cost: £2200 per year

Accelerated Reader

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 year 7 to 9. However, the main aim of purchasing this programme was to accelerate the progress of those pupils who receive the catch up funding specifically with reading, which is a skill which determines how well they can access the rest of the curriculum. Their progression is given particular focus.

Programme cost: £7500 per year

Impact Assessment




Extra English and Maths (Curriculum remodelling for appropriate students)


This has impacted positively upon performance in English, but also across other subjects too. From a progress perspective, of the 16 students receiving this provision, 15 are making expected or more than expected in 10+ subject areas.

In Maths, 86% of catch up students made expected or more than expected progress. The additional intervention and extra two lessons per fortnight reaped its rewards.

In English, 83% of catch up students made expected or more than expected progress.

Thorp Academy is committed to ensuring that this model is not a one off in Year 7 and that these additional timetabled lessons in English and Maths are maintained in Year 8-11.

Students in Year 8 who were eligible for catch up funding have maintained their progress a year on, demonstrating that these improvements are not piecemeal but sustained and properly embedded. In English and Maths, 80% of students in Year 8 are making expected or more than expected progress.

Accelerated reader


The 12 students concerned made 114 cumulative months of reading age progress in the 7 months testing period, resulting in reading development of 10 months, more than expected. This was extremely successful in embedding core literacy skills. It should be noted that 8 of the 12 students made more than a whole year progress in seven months, meaning that their development was more than double age expected gains. Every single one of these students had a starting reading age of 9 or under, more than 2 years below their age. These interventions have helped to close this gap and they will continue to be tracked.

Year 7 Catch-Up Actions (2017-2018)

Thorp Academy is determined to support students who have not made national expected progress in either or both of English and Maths to ensure that core skills are developed. This is to embed success in English and Maths, but also so that students can be successful across a diverse and rich range of subjects with a core literacy and numeracy base. Thorp Academy has received £9793 for the 2017-2018 academic year. In 2017 to 2018, the Department for Education will allocate funding to schools on the basis that they receive the same overall amount of year 7 catch-up premium funding they received in 2016 to 2017.

Thorp Academy will employ the following strategies, with termly assessment of progress and where necessary, adjusted approaches.


Modification from last year

Accelerated Reader: promoted through intensive focus on ensuring that students of all abilities are actively reading for meaning.

Additional tracking systems for accelerated reader combined with priority reader focus in library lessons each fortnight for reluctant/less competent readers.

Extra English groupings: students who are less secure in English will receive additional lessons with a TA focus on a morning before school. Teachers use question level analysis of KS2 data in order to find out gaps in individual students knowledge in order to close the attainment gap from KS2 to KS3.

Extra Maths provision: the intensive, small group focus last year had significant impact on levels of progression. This additional resourcing will continue this year. Teachers use question level analysis of KS2 data in order to find out gaps in individual students knowledge in order to close the attainment gap from KS2 to KS3.

All year 7 pupils eligible for the catch up funding for Mathematics attend additional intervention sessions in small groups of three or four, with a Mathematics tutor once each fortnight. The tutor focuses on key mathematical skills with them, including times tables and fractions, which are an essential basis on which further mathematical studies are built.

Core skills are being focused upon to ensure transferability of mathematical topics and concepts from one context to another. This is a departure from last year where topic weaknesses were filled but students did not always successfully transfer this skill.