What is the Year 7 Catch-Up Premium?

The Government allocates extra funding schools to support each Year 7 student who were not secondary ready (scaled scores of less than 100) in Mathematics and/or reading at the end of their Key Stage 2 assessments (taken in Primary school). This funding is enable schools to put into place additional support in these areas to help students to close the achievement gap and “catch up” in these areas.

How have we used the funding?

In 2017-18 we received £23273. The strategies we have used to support students have included;

  • Morning intervention Reading Buddies Programme, targeting 19 Year 7 students weekly during morning registrations
  • Maths intervention programme targeting students weekly during morning registrations
  • Literacy and Numeracy Academic Mentors appointed to work in part with Year 7 students identified as not secondary ready
  • Small group Mathematics lessons lead by the SENCO for 4 hours per week for a Year 7 class
  • English Fresh Start lead by the SENCO and Assistant SENCO for 4 hours per week for a Year 7 class
  • ICT support packages for Literacy – Literacy Planet
  • ICT support package for Maths – 123 Maths
  • Maths Numeracy Ninja use in tutor time
  • Training for 3 staff to deliver “Fresh Start” programme and new resources to support this programme purchased
  • Purchases specialised exercise books and dyslexia friendly overlays
  • Continued refurbishment of the Academy library and reading material for weaker readers purchased

How does the Academy assess the impact of this provision?

We assess all Year 7 students who arrive at Granville, they are then reassessed at the end of the academic year to assess the progress that they have made.




  • 43 students in Year 7 arrived “not secondary ready” or below
  • Of these 17 are PP/Disadvantaged
  • Of these 27 have some form of SEND need or are being monitored/supported by the Academy 
  • 38 students received ICT intervention via 123maths
  • The cohort had a baseline assessment testing skills expected at Y1-Y6
  • Students were supported by Academic mentor once a week for 20 minutes.



Average (base line)

Average end














Males (17)




Females (21)




SAT score 90+ (more able of less able) (18)




SAT score 85+ <90 (middle of less able) (20)







At the start, only 8 students achieved 70%+, at the end of the year this was 16 students. With 8 students now getting 80%+ which would suggest they were “secondary” ready.

Impact - Literacy 

We subscribed to the Literacy Planet programme last December using catch-up (after a successful introduction through the Word Mania competition).

Every Year 7 class received a fortnightly Literacy Planet lesson where set literacy/reading comprehension tasks are assigned, personally differentiated.

Reading Buddies (Monday registration) targets 19 catch-up students to help build confidence and develop reading skills. Those selected generally scored between 94-99 and so would not fall under SEN provision. They have also been selected according to STAR test score on the Accelerated Reader programme - those scoring lower than expected - and on the basis of their English set. Those in middle sets who are likely to fall behind the rest of their group. Most/More Able students from Year 9/10 are being used as buddies. From the combination of all interventions the 72 students identified for Catch Up Support were monitored and tracked over the year. Internal assessments show that

  • 73.6% of the cohort made progress throughout Year 7
  • 18% made one sub level of progress
  • 55.5% of the students made more than 2 sub levels of progress
  • 15.2% made a whole level of progress

It is estimated that the “average” student will make one sub level of progress in a year, those who are behind are expected to make less. This shows that the work from English is having a positive impact on students’ outcomes.

How will we continue to use the funding 

We will continue to employ specialist Maths and English Academic Mentors to support students in lessons but also continue to put in place and deliver targeted interventions to enable students to close gaps. We will continue to use Literacy Planet, Fresh Start Provision, Reading Buddies and 123 Maths online programme. We will also continue to implement current reading interventions alongside the Accelerated Reading programme which is now being used to support Year 7 students.

About Us

The academy office is open Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm during term time.

01283 216765 

email: office.granville@deferrerstrust.com 

Principal: Jo Kingswood 

Chair of Governors: Kim Geering 

SENCO: Steph Smith