What is Year 7 Literacy & Numeracy Catch-up Premium?

The Department for Education (DfE) explains that the literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides schools with 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 relation to the ‘expected standard’, pupils awarded a scaled score of:

  • at least 100 will have met the expected standard of the test
  • a score of 99 or below will not have met the expected standard in the test

This means that the funding should be spent on ensuring that pupils with a scaled score of 99 or below in reading or maths tests at KS2 reach the expected standard as soon as possible.

Funding amount and allocation

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives state-funded schools, including academies 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 (KS2).​

In 2019 to 2020, the Government have allocated funding to schools on the basis that they receive the same overall amount of year 7 catch-up premium funding they received in 2018 to 2019. It will be adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their year 7 cohort. ​

The Whitehaven Academy Catch Up Premium Strategy 2019 FINAL