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

Funding available to help schools provide additional support in literacy and numeracy to pupils.

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides schools with an additional £500 for each year 7 pupil who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2.

It is provided to all state-funded schools with a year 7 cohort, including special schools, alternative provision (AP) settings and pupil referral units (PRUs).

Using the funding

In January 2013, David Laws, the Minister of State for Schools, wrote to headteachers of year 7 pupils about the year 7 catch-up premium and how this money should be used.

You should assess the needs of the individual pupils in your school to decide the best way to use the funding. You should select programmes and approaches which have either been proved to be effective or are showing early promise.

Effective use of funding to support catch-up may include:

  • individual tuition in addition to classroom teaching
  • intensive small-group tuition
  • purchasing external services and materials to add to those provided by the school, for example tutor services or proven computer-based learning or online support
  • summer or holiday schools to deliver intensive catch-up over a short period

The review of research on proven literacy and numeracy catch-up provides examples of effective approaches and programmes, and a summary of organisations offering research and evidence about effective practice.

Funding allocations

Funding for the 2013 to 2014 financial year has been allocated to schools based on the number of eligible pupils listed in autumn 2013 census returns and the 2013 key stage 2 assessments.

For pupils in AP and PRUs, the January 2013 alternative provision census and January 2013 PRU census are used alongside 2012 key stage 2 assessment results to confirm allocations.

Calculating allocations

You will be able to calculate your allocation from information received from your feeder primary schools about pupils’ performance in the key stage 2 assessments.


Payments will be made to local authorities for maintained schools. Education Funding Agency will pay academies and free schools directly.

2013 to 2014 allocations

The ‘Year 7 catch-up premium: 2013 to 2014 final allocations’ and ‘Year 7 catch-up premium 2013 to 2014: conditions of grant’ are available for schools.

We will continue the funding until at least the end of the current spending review in 2015.


If you have received, or are receiving, year 7 catch-up premium funding, you are required to publish certain information on your school’s website.

This amendment to the School Information Regulations came into force on 1 September 2013.

You must publish how your school:

  • plans to spend the current academic year’s allocation
  • spent the previous academic year’s allocation, including
  • what effect the premium had on pupils’ educational attainment
  • how the school assessed the effect on attainment

Ofsted inspectors will also consider how schools are using the premium

We recommend that you inform parents if their child is eligible for this funding. A template letter is available.

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