Secondary school governors and trustees: How does your school spend its catch-up premium?
November 2, 2017
On 17 October, the Department for Education updated its guidance on strategies schools can employ to spend the year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium effectively. This money is given to schools “to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2”.
The guidance, produced by the DfE, covers several “interventions” that can be used to raise year 7 pupils’ attainment. These include: “literacy interventions”, “summer schools and Saturday classes”, “oral language interventions”, “reading comprehension interventions”, “writing interventions”, “blended literacy interventions” and “numeracy interventions”. For each of these strategies, the document outlines what they are, how effective they are (based on academic evidence), how much they cost and any additional considerations. The DfE also outline some strategies schools can use to ensure a smooth transition from primary to secondary schools for young people.
In 2017-18, schools will receive the same amount of year 7 catch-up premium as they received in 2016-17 (with some variation based on difference in cohort size). To check how much your school received, click here. Like the pupil premium, those governing should hold the leadership team to account for how catch-up premium money is spent and ensure that it is being effectively targeted to reach the correct pupils.