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Literacy & Numeracy Catch Up Premium

At Chiltern Academy we are committed to accelerating the progress of our pupils, especially in literacy and numeracy.

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives state-funded schools, including special schools and alternative provision settings, additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2 (i.e. Achieved a scaled score of under 100 in GPVS, Reading or Maths).

As a matter of policy, the school aims to address any underachievement by ensuring high quality “first wave” teaching in all lessons and the generality of the school budget is deployed to maximise this. However, we recognise that in addition to this, some students require additionally differentiated intervention to support them to make sound progress in the curriculum and school leaders deploy additional income such as the catch-up premium to subsidise this.

Last year, the Academy received £26,292 in funding from the Y7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium. (GPVS 26 below, Reading 41 below, Literacy 47 below age expected for both reading and GPVS, Numeracy 37 below)

This year, the Academy expects to receive a larger amount from the Y7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium (GPVS 44 below, Reading 57 below, Literacy 66 below age expected for both reading and GPVS, Numeracy 54 below). A further transition teacher has been recruited to support the literacy and numeracy intervention this academic year.

Spend Academic Year: 2018-19 - Total: £28,619.94






Transition teacher employed to close literacy and numeracy gaps and support transition.

Teach intensive literacy and numeracy skills to targeted year 7 pupils who entered the school with below expected levels at the end of KS2.

Proportion of transition teacher timetable allocation to support literacy and numeracy.




We have a strong literacy and reading culture at the school and pupils are reading often.


30% of pupils’ reading age improved to the age expected standard. 82% of pupils exhibited an increase in reading age.

There was an average of 1.5 years increase across all pupils that had below age expected GPVS or reading at KS2.


The average Reading SAS measured in GL assessments for the pupils with below age expected GPVS or reading at KS2 at the end of the year was 105.9.


54% of pupils spelling age increased to age expected standard or above (28%).


The was an average spelling age increase of 1.41 years, for the targeted pupils.









Accelerated Reader programme

Use of Lexia programme to improve pupils’ reading comprehension, spelling and english skills.


Online quizzing to measure, track and support the improvement in reading ages.

Cost of programme for targeted pupils:








1:1 Reading

One to one reading sessions with TA and support with comprehension.

TA salary-

5 hours a week



Phonics and language development

Pupils with poor spoken language and EAL pupils are given targeted phonics and/or language development sessions.

Luton Literacy programme followed.

TA salary-

4 hours a week



Reading comprehension/english skills catch up sessions

Use of KS2 and KS3 CGP workbooks as intervention booklets.


Sessions led by TAs.

210 books for all pupils.


£2.60 per book.



TA salary-

4 hours a week.



Reading programmes

DEAR time, reading forms and library lessons.

Cost of reading books for targeted reading form groups..



Numeracy catch up sessions.

Small group sessions with TA.


Use of KS3 CGP books as intervention booklets.

TA salary-

4 hours a week.




Cost of books.

60 books. £3.60 per book.


82.5% of pupils with below age expected numeracy at KS2 made expected, higher or much higher progress in GL assessments.


32.5% of pupils of the targeted pupils at age expected standard for maths.




The pupils who did not “catch-up” will continue to receive intervention from Numeracy 1-to-1, Lexia, Reading 1-to-1 and will receive intervention through Maths lessons and English lessons until they meet age related expectations alongside the new study plus band created to tailor the curriculum and support for these pupils.