Year 7 Catch-Up Premium

What is it?

The Year 7 catch-up premium is used by Wymondham High School to deliver additional tuition or intensive support 1:1 or in small groups, giving pupils valuable strategies which will help them make progress.

The government has allocated a maximum of £500 in respect of each pupil who was at a maintained school in year 6 who had not met National Standards in reading and/or mathematics in their Key Stage 2 SATs.

At Wymondham High School, catch–up funding in 2016-17 was £11,554

Who has responsibility for Catch-Up?

The Director of Learning Support, Ms Sacre has overall responsibility for Catch-Up and there are designated coordinators in Maths and English:

  • The Maths coordinator is Mr Fletcher
  • The English coordinator is Mrs Stevenson

English Catch-Up

  • Pupils are identified by looking at those pupils who were “NS” (not met expected standard) in English KS2 SATs
  • Due to the changes to KS2 SATs, this year there are more pupils than previously working ‘Below Standard’ in Literacy.
  • In order to put a student on the appropriate pathway, diagnostic tests [CATs] are carried out with the pupils. These are simplified versions of formal examinations and provide an excellent indicator of the way in which pupils learn [not just their ability]
  • To create a further learning profile of an individual pupil, numerical reading age test scores (sat as part of the CATs) are also used
  • With this quantitative and qualitative data, one of three pathways is available to a pupil.


  • Pupils with the most significant literacy gaps are assigned ‘One to One’ sessions with the Learning Support Team. These take place in the computer suites during timetabled slots [usually during registration to avoid impacting on teaching time]
  • Pupils with moderate literacy gaps are assigned to small group during registration time
  • Pupils with mild literacy gaps are supported through normal class-based teaching
  • Pupils may transfer paths depending upon the progress they make. Sessions are time limited.
Initial Sessions – all Pathways
Pathway 1 ‘One to one’ sessions on specific literacy issues, for example spelling and reading strategies.
Pathway 2 Small group literacy sessions to include Read, Write, Gold
Pathway 3 Weekly support sessions for students where they can get assistance with homework tasks from across curriculum areas.

Maths Catch-Up

  • Pupils are identified by looking at those pupils who were “NS” (not met expected standard) in Maths KS2 SATs
  • Raw scores are used to rank the students
  • The students with the lowest scores are selected to attend a maths booster session
  • A Breakfast club session runs on a Tuesday morning from 8.30am led by KVA for all Catch-Up Maths pupils.
  • Maths Workout programme has been purchased so that the students can access maths activities
  • Students are paired-up with a buddy from Year 11
  • Students practise times tables and other basic maths activities with their buddy during the session to improve their knowledge and confidence.

How impact/progress is measured


  • Autumn, Spring and End of Year English assessments are used by the KS3 English Leader to monitor all pupils.
  • Repeated reading age tests will be sat so that progress can be seen from baseline tests


  • Attendance at the sessions will impact on the students’ performance in lessons. Confidence is gained in students’ basic ability and the class teacher will monitor the improvement in the basic maths skills.
  • Tests are taken in Maths across the  year and the progress in these test results is monitored.
Provision (What the money is spent on)
How the school has spent the pupil premium:
 Amount: £ Activity
3300.00 Small Group Tuition in English
3300.00 Small Group tuition in Mathematics
1800.00 Small Group Tuition in Literacy
1800.00 Small Group Tuition in Numeracy
1354.00 Individual Discretionary Fund for Looked After Children
 11554.00  Total

Impact 2016-17

Across the cohort of pupils, the average progress as evidenced through Autumn Progress Check 1, Autumn Profile 1,

Spring Progress Check 1, Summer Profile 1 pupils meeting the criteria for CUP made +0.12 progress. This compares with progress of +0.04 for “other pupils” non-CUP children. This figure relates to an average across all subjects.