Abbeywood Community School

Literacy and Numeracy Catch–up funding

What is it?

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding from the Department of Education to support our Year 7 pupils who did not achieve a scaled score of 100 in reading and/or mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2).

What do we do?

We assess the individual needs of each of the students who attract the Year 7 catch-up premium to decide the best way to use the funding. We carefully monitor the progress of all of our students and design a range of programmes and approaches that we know are effective.

At ACS we have a designated literacy co-ordinator, and a designated numeracy co-ordinator and skilled practitioners in delivering numicon and Code (phonics) courses, or for students with English as an additional language (EAL).

How do we do it?

  • All Year 7 and 8 students are screened using a diagnostic reading and spelling test on ‘Accelerated Reader’ (AR).
  • All students in Year 7 and 8 follow the ‘Accelerated Reader’ - a programme that supports students in reading, enjoying and understanding texts.
  • All low-ability students are supported in their Mathematics and English classes by additional staff and some withdrawal; in Years 7-9, smaller booster groups have also been created.
  • PiXL Unlock is a catch-up literacy intervention for students at risk of falling behind their peers in early secondary schooling. It provides systematic and rigorous practice in phonics. Teaching in these groups begins with recognition, practice and blending of sounds and graphemes, based on a set of module booklets.
  • If students are identified as not making expected progress they can then access the additional intervention lessons in English and mathematics.

What is the impact?

  • In 2018-19 we received £15,000 in funding; 70% of students who were below expected levels at primary School made expected progress in English in Year 7. 45% of students made expected progress in mathematics.
  • In 2019-20 we will receive funding of approximately £15,000 for the students who haven’t achieved Age related expectations. Their progress will be carefully monitored by SENCO, and numeracy and literacy co-ordinators. It is expected at the end of Year 7 that all students who are not making expected progress will receive additional lessons in English and mathematics to ensure that any progress gap is closed.

2019-20 plans for allocation:




Extra intervention time for English and Maths

2 x 1hr per fortnight (Year 7-9) for Maths £2617 (6 hrs)


3 x 1hr per fortnight (Year 7-9)  for English £2617 (9hrs)

 All students to be making expected progress at the end of Year 7 in English and Maths

Students to have PLCs of the skills and topics that they cannot do and have specific intervention to improve these aspects


Cost of numicon and Cost of TA delivering numicon


All ‘numicon’ students to make rapid progress in basic numeracy, and show significant improvement on maths baseline tests following delivery of the program.

PiXL Code

Cost of PiXL Code £750

Increased confidence in students’ abilities to read age-related texts, and low-attaining readers to meet expected level for secondary school.

Staff leadership

£4,133 TLR for literacy lead and 4 hours per fortnight

£1,383 TLR for numeracy lead+ 2 hours per fortnight


Strategic leadership for the rapid progress of students not at the expected levels in reading and numeracy from Year 7.

Accelerated Reader scheme (Renaissance Learning)

£3,000 per year per Year 7 and Year 8 (£6,000)

Students reading ages are monitored closely, so that students can read the most appropriate books that promote their reading skills