The Skipton Academy

Year 7 Catch Up Funding 2015 – 16

The Skipton Academy Year 7 catch up funding

What is it?

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2).

How much additional funding does The Skipton Academy receive? 



 Profile of The Skipton Academy catch up cohort

Of the students for whom we have data, there were:

  • 9 below L4 for reading
  • 9 below L4 for Maths

Of the 18 students in total, 5 were below L4 for both subjects


The catch up funding has been used to support the school’s ‘personalised learning’ ethos and also to remove barriers to learning. This has been achieved through a combination of incentives targeting specific groups of students with particular needs.  Many of these incentives have been supported through a combination of Catch up Funding and, for example, Pupil Premium.

The following lists the areas that Catch up funding contributed to:

  • Lexia phonics program that helps students to improve their reading, writing and spelling
  • Extra Hour – a homework club staffed by Teaching Assistants that provides bespoke support for students after school with their independent study
  • Additional teaching staff in core subjects with intervention sessions delivered 2 days per week. Sessions run during form time and in lesson time
  • Implementation of Accelerated Reading programme across Y7 to encourage and develop a love of reading and also accelerate reading ages


The Academy sets its individual targets at +0.4 against Progress 8. We report to parents on a RAG system whereby green represents students working on or above this target, yellow represents students working towards this target and red represents students unlikely to hit this target.

Of the 9 students with L3 reading:

  • 89% are green
  • 11% are yellow

The Accelerated Reading programme that has been introduced into Y7 indicates that of the 9 L3 reading students:

  • 89% have seen an improvement in their reading age over the course of the year
  • 56% have seen an improvement of half a year
  • 33% have seen an improvement of at least one year

Of the 9 students with L3 Maths:

  • 56% are yellow
  • 44% are red

The Maths figures reflect the fact that Maths data is based purely on the outcomes of formal assessments sat under exam conditions and not class or home work.


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