Turing House


The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gave all state-funded schools additional funding in 2015/16 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 in 2015.

This additional funding has been allocated to every school because national figures show that, on average, this group does not achieve as well as their peers across the country. This group of students, however, have the potential to do just as well as all other students and the funding is therefore to support schools to address this issue.

Schools received an additional £500 for each pupil in year 7 who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of KS2.

For 2016/17, because the KS2 assessments switched from levels to scaled scores, the amount was then calculated from the previous year's allocation and adjusted for any change in size of the year group; it no longer related to any underachievement of the intake.

Similarly, for 2018/19 the government advised that they allocated funding to schools on the basis that they receive the same overall amount of year 7 catch-up premium funding they received in 2017 to 2018, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their year 7 cohort between the October 2017 and the October 2018 school censuses. (number of year 7 pupils recorded on the October 2017 school census ÷ number of year 7 pupils recorded on the October 2018 school census) × the 2017 to 2018 allocation. This calculation has been retained going forward.

How must this money be used?

Schools assess the individual needs of each of the pupils who attract the year 7 catch-up premium to decide the best way to use the funding. We only select programmes and approaches that we know are effective.

How much funding does Turing House receive?

We were allocated £2464 to spend to improve literacy and numeracy progress for the cohort 2018-19.

How does the school use this funding?

The school uses this funding to provide extra support for those students who need additional literacy and numeracy support in order to achieve success in line with school and national expectations

  • 1:1 and small group intervention in English and mathematics led by support staff and teaching staff
  • Homework support and independent learning resources purchased, such as Hegarty Maths
  • Purchase of ICT equipment (iPads and keyboards) to support extended writing in class and at home

In 2018-19 we spent the money on: purchasing licenses for WordShark and NumberShark. These are evidence based programmes that target basic literacy and numeracy. Although our new intake had regular 3 x 20 minute sessions throughout the academic year, this also benefited students in years 8 and 9 also who do not have secure literacy and numeracy skills. These are computer based interventions with a games style interface, but students are supported by Support Teachers during their sessions to maximise the impact.

School objectives for spending the grant

For students eligible for Catch-up funding to make expected and better than expected progress academically and to share as fully in school life as all other students.

How does the school measure success?

The school tracks the progress of all students, including students in this particular group. Success is evidenced by the outcomes for these students which demonstrates that they are making progress similar to, or in some cases better than their peers in the school and above average nationally.  All students, regardless of catch-up eligibility, took part in extra-curricular activities.


There were 8 year 7 students who have a standardized score of 84 or below in their reading test in autumn 2018. They were retested in autumn 2019 and their standardized scores have improved (this score does not automatically increase with age) apart from three students. Of those three, 1 is severely dyslexic, 1 has English as an Additional Language and 1 had a very poor attendance record and rarely attended the intervention.


We are currently assessing our new intake of students. We anticipate being allocated approximately £2500 catch up premium during this academic year.

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