Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium

Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch up funding is awarded to schools for those students not reaching the national average scaled score of 100 in either reading or maths at Key Stage 2. It is provided to all state funded schools with a Year 7 cohort. Thorp Academy is determined to support students to ensure that core skills are developed. This is to embed success in English and Maths, but also so that students can be successful across a diverse and rich range of subjects with a core literacy and numeracy base.


We have identified 56 (25% of the Cohort) Y7 students who did not reach the expected scaled score of 100 in reading and or who did not reach the expected scaled score of 100 in maths. Baseline assessments and analysis of KS2 tests will reveal the areas that students require further support with. We have also put additional testing in place to ensure identification of low literacy and numeracy:

  • GL Assessments (Reading)
  • Lexia Testing
  • Accelerated Reader

In 2019/2020 the academy will receive £14,757

Strategy Cost
Accelerated Reader

Accelerated reader promotes an intensive focus on ensuring students of all abilities are actively reading for meaning. Tracking systems are put in place to evaluate impact on a weekly basis, with priority reader focus on lessons for the reluctant and less confident readers. This is embedded across year 7 and 8 at Thorp Academy with all students in year 7 and 8 having 4 sessions of AR each week. Students eligible for the catch up premium get an additional session of accelerated reader in a small group with support to develop reading skills.


Students work independently to develop critical reading and language skills through individualised, motivating learning paths. All students, regardless of their skill level, can each work at their own pace and the teacher is notified (on web-based reports and via email) only when they require support.

Additional support

Year 7 students who are less secure in English and Maths will receive on a weekly basis a literacy and numeracy session either during tutor time or after school. Students will work in a small group to develop their personal reading, spelling and numeracy skills. Students will be assessed to demonstrate the impact this support has had on their individual skills.

Literacy sessions include Accelerated reader, reading with members of staff, Lexia and literacy support teaching.

Numeracy sessions build on the KS2 QLA alongside areas identified by their class teacher.

Resources, incentives and rewards

A variety of resources will be used within the intervention sessions to engage the learners. Further resources are required for those students who the Academy wish to maintain progress and offer support such as homework and competition incentives.

Other initiatives we will develop are:
·         A launch event for parents of students involved in the literacy catch up sessions (Lexia)

·         Purchase of more Non-Fiction low‐level Accelerated Reading Books

·         Target the use of TAs to support ‘catch‐up’ students in lessons

·         Questioning – all teachers to be aware of those students in their lessons who have a scaled score of below 100.

·         Homework – booklets to encourage development of literacy and numeracy skills in the home (Hegarty Maths).

·         Breakfast Club on a morning

·         CPD on planning for literacy

·         Primary links – to gather detailed information on attainment and pastoral provision (joint book Scrutinies)

·         Focus of Primary transition teaching and learning is literacy (Examples of work provided by primary schools to set expectations)

·         All trainees and NQTs receive specific literacy training

·         Reading age data is shared with all staff to inform and improve planning

·         Pupils secondary ready

·         Improved reading ages across all year groups

·         Literacy embedded throughout the school (checked by QA process and tracking on reading/comprehension testing)

·         Teachers planning incorporates and explicitly refers to literacy

·         Departmental marking and SPAG policies

·         Improved KS4 outcomes and milestones

·         Accuracy of reading ages (helps inform planning)

Thorp Academy is a member of the Northern Education Trust.
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