Catch-Up Premium: Year 7

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Our GCSE results have shown significant improvement over the last few years and Platanos College is now one of the top-performing schools in the country.

Year 7 Catch-Up Premium

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium allocated by the Department for Education (DfE) 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).

In the 2019-2020 academic year, the amount allocated to the school was £15,455. This was the last year of the funding.


The funds are used in a targeted manner to ensure that those pupils entitled to the Premium receive tailored support appropriate to their literacy and numeracy needs.

The programmes of support include the following:

  • Additional support and tuition in small groups and, where appropriate, one-to-one teaching.
  • Identified pupils also benefited from nurture groups in Key Stage 3, which is similar to a primary-style teaching approach. This concentrates on basic skills to enable ‘catch-up’ to take place.
  • Learning Mentors to support learning needs.
  • Our Learning Support Unit (LSU) provides targeted support for the under-performing pupils.
  • Additional homework support and extracurricular clubs.
  • Purchase of specific resources to aid learning (e.g. Toe by Toe programme; Cutting Edge programme; Accelerated Reader).
  • Residential trips to aid learning, skills development and the secondary transition process.



The support programmes for eligible pupils resulted in a positive impact:

  • Increased progress in literacy with an increase in the reading ages of pupils.
  • The vast majority of eligible Y7 pupils made the expected progress in English and Maths at the end of the academic year and was comparable to their peers.
  • Increased pupil confidence in reading and numeracy.