Y7 catch-up premium

Cramlington Learning Village is committed to ensuring a smooth transfer and transition from primary to secondary school. We work closely with our primary partners to ensure that students joining us in the Junior Learning Village are ‘secondary ready’ both academically and socially.

We will use this premium to provide strategies and interventions which are specifically aimed at pupils who are behind in literacy and numeracy.

The Catch Up Programme

CLV was in receipt of £15,500 p.a. for Catch Up Support for 2019-20.

Spending is as follows throughout the year:

  • Specialists Staffing of Secure Literacy and Numeracy classes for lowest attaining pupils
  • Partial funding of Lexia, Lexonics and Achieve 3000 programmes (literacy)
  • Partial funding of Mathswhizz programme (numeracy)
  • Partial funding of Accelerated Reader programme
  • Additional funding of books suitable for the lowest attaining pupils
  • Partial funding of English Transition Project across all 8 Partner Primary Schools
  • Partial funding of the Maths Mastery Programme.

Phase 1 – Transition to CLV

  1. Catch up students are invited to our Literacy Summer School which takes place in the summer term and staffed by English teachers.  This experience is continued throughout the autumn break and later in spring.
  2. English Transition Project.  During the summer term all feeder primary schools participate in a carefully organised reading and extended writing project centred around the novel, “The Unforgotten Coat”.

Phase 2 – Whole School Provision

Pupils are grouped into classes called “SECURE Literacy and Numeracy”.  These small nurturing classes occupy 2 hours per week usually with 1 specialist teacher and support from Teaching Assistants.  There are 22 pupils across 4 classes in Y7 2019/20. Pupils remain in these groups throughout the academic year. The curriculum is personalised to the student – often using Lexia programme or Mathswhizz to target specific skills combined with the practice of core skills with a clear emphasis on reading aloud to staff.

Phase 3 – Tailored Provision

Readers are also supported in the following ways:

  • TOE by TOE sessions
  • Morning Reading Sessions
  • Reading lessons in English where pupils read aloud to staff
  • Lexia tuition programme.
  • Lexonics phonics recovery programme

Mathematicians are also supported in the following ways:

  • Mathswhizz morning tuition programme
  • Maths Club.

Phase 4 – Individual Provision

When Year 11 have left school Catch Up provision once again focuses on small 1-2-1 and group work with even more English and Maths Staff working closely with pupils in Y7 to work on the skills required for the next stages of school.  In 2018-19 the impact of this individual provision was significant for targeted pupils between May and July.


By July 2020 and despite the COVID 19 lockdown:

In English 78% of Catch Up Students were “On Track” to achieve their end of year target. 26% were judged to have exceeded their end of year target in English.

On average all Catch Up students improved their reading age by 11 months between testing in September 2019 and March 2020. There was an 11% improvement in the number of Catch Up students who were reading at 2+ years above their chronological age.

In Maths 97% of Catch up Students were “On Track” to achieve their end of year target.

Student progress is quality assured through internal assessment procedures followed by moderation and scrutiny, using clear criteria for grading.