Catch up Funding



The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). Schools receive £500 for each pupil in year 7 who meets this criteria.


In the school year 2014-15 Queensbury Academy received £7000 catch up funding and spent it as follows:


Staffing to support additional small group literacy and numeracy teaching





In Maths, 7 students entered the Academy at level 3 and by the end of Year 7, 4 of these students were working at level 4, two were one sublevel below, and one was two sublevels below.  The students who are not yet Level 4 in Maths continue to receive additional support as part of their SEND provision.


In English, 3 students entered the Academy at Level 3, 2 at Level 2, and one student at Level 1.   All students except one have made at least one level of progress, with two remaining below Level 4 as a result of EAL and SEND issues.  All students who are not yet working at Level 4 continue to receive additional small group intervention.



In the school year 2015-16, the Academy will receive £17,000 for students working below expected levels.  This is a significant increase on last year and will be spent as follows


Peer reading programme


Small group literacy and numeracy intervention


E learning package



Catch Up Funding Impact 2015-16

Of the 16 students that received Catch Up funding to improve their Reading level, 9 students had secured a level 4 by July 2016, with four of these students having improved their scores by 2 sub levels.  Of the remaining students, one left the school mid-year, one had an EHCP plan and reads regularly, showing an increase of six months.  The other students continue to attend additional literacy and numeracy lessons in order to improve their literacy levels.

In Maths 12 students were deemed to be working at an equivalent to a NC level 4 in numeracy by the end of Year 7.  Of the remaining students, one is now off role, and the remainder receive additional numeracy support and/ or are on SEN support plans to improve their progress further.


Catch Up Funding 2016-17

In the 2016-17 academic year, Queensbury Academy received £19,416 Catch Up Funding and it is spent as follows:


Reading resources for students working below expected standards


Peer Group Reading Programme


E learning packages to support numeracy and literacy


Staffing to support small group literacy and numeracy teaching