The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium was introduced by the Government in June 2013 and is paid to schools to raise Year 7 students’ levels in Reading and Maths so that they can access the secondary curriculum. Up to 2016, the expected level for students was a National Curriculum Level 4 in English and Maths. With the change to the Key Stage 2 curriculum and assessment measures, the expected level is now 100, the equivalent of 4b. As a result, we have seen the number of students below this benchmark rising from 15 to 58, although the school has not been given any additional funding in the light of the increase.
We have one main objective which underpins the allocation of funding and support for students who have not achieved the expected standard in Reading and Maths. This is to ensure that they are able to make rapid progress in Year 7 and that this progress is sustained during the course of Key Stage 3 and into GCSE study. By improving the standard of literacy and numeracy, our young people’s life chances are also improved.
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