The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support Year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2). The Year 7 catch-up premium allocations for 2015 to 2016 was based on £500 for each pupil who did not achieve a Level 4 in reading or mathematics.
At The Morley Academy we use this funding to provide targeted, and highly personalised, intervention to ensure that rapid and sustained rates of progress are facilitated in these two very important areas.
The Department for Education has now confirmed that in 2016 to 2017 schools and academies will receive the same overall amount of Year 7 catch-up premium funding that they received in 2015 to 2016 despite the significant changes that have been made to the Key Stage 2 assessments and a greater number of students not achieving the expected standards in reading and/or mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2. It has been announced that the catch-up premium funding that is released will be adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of the Year 7 cohort based on the October 2016 census. At The Morley Academy the size of the Year 7 cohort has remained static and therefore we can forecast that the overall funding will remain the same as the sum received in 2016-17.
The Education Funding Agency (EFA) will send the academy our Year 7 catch-up premium funding for the 2016 to 2017 academic year on 1 March 2017.