Guidance

Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium: guide for schools

How much year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium funding schools receive, and advice on how to spend it.

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).

All state-funded schools with year 7 pupils receive this funding, including:

  • schools maintained by the local authority
  • academies
  • free schools
  • special schools (schools for children with special educational needs or disabilities), including:
  • alternative provision settings (places that provide education for children who can’t go to a mainstream school), including:

Allocations for the financial year 2016 to 2017

In 2016 to 2017 schools will receive the same overall amount of year 7 catch-up premium funding they received in 2015 to 2016, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their year 7 cohort, based on the October 2016 census.

See how much year 7 catch-up premium you received for the 2015 to 2016 financial year.

Payments

Maintained schools (including special schools and PRUs)

Maintained schools do not receive funding directly from DfE. We give your year 7 catch-up premium funding to your local authority and they pass it on to you.

Your local authority will receive your funding for the 2016 to 2017 academic year on 28 February 2017.

Academies and free schools, including special and alternative provision

The Education Funding Agency (EFA) sends academies and free schools their year 7 catch-up premium funding.

You will receive your funding for the 2016 to 2017 academic year on 1 March 2017.

How to use your year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium

You should identify pupils who need extra support from the year 7 catch-up premium, so you can decide the best way to use the funding. You should only select programmes and approaches that you know are effective.

For example, you could use the funding to pay for:

  • individual tuition
  • intensive small-group tuition
  • external services and materials
  • summer schools that help students catch up over a short period of time

You can find examples of effective approaches and programmes in our summary of research into literacy and numeracy catch-up strategies.

Accountability

You must publish details of how you spend your year 7 catch-up premium funding on your website.

Guidance on what specific information you need to publish on your website is available.

Ofsted inspectors will also consider how your school is using the premium.