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 DfE guidance explains:

In 2018 to 2019, we will allocate funding to schools on the basis that they receive the same overall amount of Year 7 catch-up premium funding received in 2017 to 2018. It will be adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their Year 7 cohort, based on the October 2018 census.

2018-19 – the expected academic year allocation is £10,000.

2018-19 cohort

Number of students eligible for catch up literacy- 25

Number of students eligible for catch up numeracy- 27

The 2018-2019 planned spend will be added as soon as it is available.