Murray Park Year 7 Catch-up Premium Plan and Review

Catch-up money is extra funding for the school in addition to the pupil premium. Secondary schools receive an additional £104 for each Year 7 student who did not reach Expected Progress (EP) in English or Maths.

It is intended, by the Government, that schools will use the funding to provide additional teaching support to pupils who have not reached EP in reading and/or maths at the end of Year 6.

In order to best use the funding, the school will assess the needs of individual pupils to decide the most appropriate way to support each individuals’ learning. The school will then select the programmes and approaches for which there is the good evidence of effectiveness in improving outcomes.

Impact of the Year 7 Catch up Funding 2017/18

Pupils were initially identified from KS2 results – those who came to Murray Park below Expected Progress.

A member of staff has been employed to specifically implement more rigorous support and tracking for how the Catch-up money is spent.

Use of the Year 7 Catch-up funding

to ensure effectiveness of strategies which have impact.

Students were separated into groups with 4 main areas of support created:

  • Lexia groups during form time.
  • Maths TA assigned to Catch-up groups – in lesson support.
  • Buddy reading parents/peers
  • Phonics sessions

Students were allocated to groups according to KS2 data. Various timings were used depending on need. For example, Lexia groups were planned in approximately termly blocks.

Strategies were shared with all teaching staff regarding how different needs should be supported in the classroom. For example: spelling strategies, Buzz Words to support receptive language difficulties.

Booster Sessions:

In class support: Maths and English staff to liaise with class teacher and provide additional specialist in class support (where timetable permits)

Use of the Learning Support Team, named English and Maths Teachers: Additional in class support provided by the Learning Support Team. Key workers will be identified as specialist support.

Setting used to target students who are below EP.

Resources: Develop a range of appropriate EP resources to support students both within class and during booster sessions.

Maths mentor programme: Recruit, train and deploy a team of Maths mentors to work with students to provide additional tutor-time support.

Partner primary support: Liaise with key staff at partner primaries, through the Action Research Groups to draw on their expertise and share resources appropriate to students working below EP.

Paired Peer Reading Scheme: Scheme to be run where identified students meet during tutor time to read together.

Accelerated Reading Scheme: Launch (2018/19) Continue to embed the Accelerated Reader programme within English Department and extend across all Key Stage 3 classes.

Successful Arithmetic: A math’s booster programme, with our new Maths TA, focusing on developing basic numeracy skills, run through The Hub.

Literacy Intervention: A bespoke package of one to one and small group literacy interventions using specialist teacher expertise through the direct support in English and Maths lessons.

Progress made from September 2017 to July 2018:

  • 45 out of 82 improved their RA
  • 22 out of 82 remained the same RA

Progress in English and Mathematics


Cohort Number Expected Progress
Year 7 82 57


Cohort Number Expected Progress
Year 7 82 55

Year 7 (2017/18)

203 on roll.
82 were eligible for catch up
35 students were PP: 16 girls and 19boys
26 students were SEND: 11 girls are also SEND, 15 boys are also SEND
15 students were PP and not SEND
40 students were not PP or SEND


  • PP students are making greater progress than non PP with boys out-performing the girls
  • Half of the catch up cohort have made progress
  • PP students are making better progress than SEND

Area for focus for 2018/19:

  • Despite progress being made by half of the cohort there are still 45 students with a reading age below 10:0. These students need to be highlighted and tracked in Year 8 with targeted intervention put in place.
  • SHU and HJ will liaise with Maths and English staff about teaching of the low attaining two groups in September 2018
  • SHU to deploy TA support towards these students from September

Y7 Catch-up 2018/9

Pupils were initially identified from KS2 results.

Students separated into 4 groups:

  • Lexia groups twice a week.
  • An additional Maths TA assigned to Catch-up groups – in lesson support and one-to-one and small group.
  • Buddy reading parents/peers.
  • Phonics sessions in a small group.
  • Literacy group.

A letter has been sent home to inform all parents that their child is being given support for Catch-up. They will receive interim reviews after each testing period to inform of their progress.

Data will be made available once the next set of testing takes place.