Year 7 Literacy & Numeracy Catch Up Premium 2018/19

In 2018/19, The Westleigh School was allocated £11,699 in funding as part of the Year 7 Literacy & Numeracy Catch Up Premium. This catch-up funding provides an additional support for every student who has not achieved the ‘expected’ standard nationally in reading and/or maths at KS2. This funding aims to provide additional support and/or intervention necessary to help these students ‘catch up’ with their peers in relation to progress, during Year 7 at the school.

The objectives of the funding are:

  • To close the attainment gap by providing intensive literacy and numeracy support to students entitled to catch up Premium
  • To raise self-esteem and aspirations of students entitled to Catch up Premium
  • To enhance existing provision
  • To identify concerns and target intervention and support to accelerate progress
  • To ensure that parents are informed and involved where appropriate.

At Westleigh, we believe that all students should be provided with the best chance to achieve good outcomes by the end of Year 11, therefore the intervention provided with this funding is one element of our school wide intervention provision How many students qualified for additional funding?

How did we allocate this additional funding?  



Lexia licences to support reading


Book Buzz


Times Table Rock Stars


EMaths Master


Casio Calculators




Primary Study Cards


Hegarty Maths


Additional Maths Exercise Books


Maths Booster Books


Continued Professional Development on Literacy and Numeracy


Total allocation



How did we deliver intervention and what was the focus?

English Intervention

Intervention was delivered within curriculum time and as small withdrawal group work. English teaching staff and a specialist TA focused intensive support on improving students’ literacy and reading skills. Accelerated Reader was already being used in Year 7 but the decision was made to purchase the new and improved Lexia to support catch up students specifically. 

With reading ages lower than chronological age, a push on reading, including reading for pleasure has been the main focus and will continue to be a driver


Maths Intervention:

All the targeted pupils spent 1 lesson per week accessing TimesTable rock stars and eMathsMaster. Their class teachers reported that the pupils were extremely enthusiastic and looked forward to those particular lessons and this then had an impact on their following lessons as their timetable knowledge improved so did the following lessons as pupils found their calculations improved they could access the work easier. 

Resources such as the primary study cards, Hegarty maths and booster books have all had some impact.  Work will continue into Year 8 to catch up the students by carrying out focussed homework activities and directing them to topics from their PLCs

The visualisers were purchased at the end of the year and are being used regularly in lessons. There is now a visualiser in every classroom and they are used regularly by staff to improve their teaching and learning. Staff are able to use strategies such as modelling, showing WAGOLLS and WABOLLS easily under them. Pupils can come and use them to demonstrate. Learning walks show that the visualisers are used regularly and enabling the pace of lessons to improve as staff are able to demonstrate very easily and share pupils work. Staff have said that they feel the visualisers allow their lessons to more engaging.


What was the impact of this additional funding on levels in literacy and numeracy?

Of the 41 students in year 7 with a literacy scaled score below 100, 78% were on or above their target and 51% are on track to achieve a grade 5 or above in English.

Of the 37 students in year 7 with a maths scaled score below 100, 59% were on or above their target and 32% are on track to achieve a grade 5 or above in Maths.

Improved standards in reading/ literacy and numeracy

  • Helped less able students make more rapid progress
  • Improved standards in English and maths lessons
  • Given students greater confidence and levels of independence
  • Improved reading ages and confidence in literacy


How will we allocate additional funding in 2019/20?

Additional funding will be used to support a range of initiatives across the current academic year 2019/20 as follows:





September 2019 – July 2020






Lexia Licences


HLTA support specifically for ‘catch-up’ students


Galaxy Tablets to support the Literacy focus


Numicon, Twinkl and Catch Up Numeracy to support the Numeracy focus



Page updated: 21/04/2020