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Report on Catch-up Funding for Year 7

At the Five Islands School we are committed to ensuring that every student reaches their full potential. We receive funding called the literacy and numeracy catch-up premium. This initiative gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2. In 2015 – 2016 the Five Islands School received £3,246.07 additional funding. This was for five students.


We spent the money on:

  • TA hours before school intervention   November – June 3 x weekly
  • Materials for Intervention Smart Learning Booster pack
  • Maths Tuition from Teacher 


The money was spent ahead of it arriving in the budget as it is important that we close the gap for students as quickly as possible so the programme started after October half term. 

In 2015 -2016, we invested in a new scheme. This is the SMART skills reading and Writing units. The Reading programme was delivered 3 x weekly for 15 minutes before school by the HLTA for English. Writing was delivered 1 x weekly for 50 minutes in rotation. One student declined to take part. 

There has also been a short maths intervention.



  • 100% made above expected progress, with 50% exceeding expected progress



  • 40% made expected progress or above
  • 40% did not make expected progress
  • 20% refused to engage



  • 100% made expected progress or above.  

Funding for 2016 2017


We are expecting this to be the same level as last year, £3,246.07. We propose using this funding for:


  • Targeted maths and Literacy intervention 
  • Staff training in an accredited reading intervention 


From last year’s results we have learnt that intervention once a week is not as effective enough as regular intervention throughout the week.  We will also hold a parents meeting to inform parents of what will happen for their child and to encourage their support in making sure the student attends.


Val Parker