Glossopdale School

-Y7 Catch-up Premium

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading, GPVS (grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and spelling) or maths at the end of Key Stage 2.

How we use the Y7 Catch-up Premium at Glossopdale School


The students who come to Glossopdale School below the expected level for reading or writing follow a twice weekly intervention programme. Students use an online learning tool called Bedrock which supports the development of their vocabulary in a variety of different ways. Students attend two sessions a week during tutor time. Students also have one English lesson in the school library each week where they use the Accelerated Reader programme, a personalised tool that aims to improve reading comprehension and enjoyment. Year 7 students are also supported in their English lessons by a subject HLTA, as well as post-16 learning mentors. Teaching staff and teaching assistants liaise on a weekly basis to co-ordinate the support that the students need.

Teaching staff in the English faculty also spend time in teams developing the subject curriculum in order to anticipate and therefore address the typical gaps in knowledge that a Year 7 struggling reader or writer may have. Lesson plans and activities are developed in order to accelerate students’ progress to expected levels by the end of Year 7.


The students who come to Glossopdale School below the expected level for mathematics follow a weekly intervention programme. Support follows different formats depending on the attainment of the student at Key Stage 2.

For those students requiring the most support they follow a bespoke scheme of learning for all their maths lessons. The lessons will always have a minimum of four staff/ post -16 mentors. This enables individual needs to be attended to quickly. The scheme of learning is centred around key numeracy skills that must be mastered in order for further mathematical ideas to be developed. Success is measured by whether they have achieved the expected level for each key skill. Students will revisit key numeracy skills at least twice in a year to allow for complete fluency, and in other cases further depth.

The next tier of students will have intervention once a week in tutor time for 15 weeks. From the question level analysis, we group the students and focus on the areas of development from their Key Stage 2 exams. Once the student has been taught a topic they will be monitored by self-marking online questions. This will then give us a full picture of their progress.

The final tier will be monitored in class. Each member of staff will have a question level analysis of the students’ areas for development. When this topic is taught, the teacher will monitor the students’ progress. If extra support is required, the classroom teacher will put in place a short programme to enable the student to make the required progress.

All progress is monitored by regular, low stakes mini reviews and open book assessments. There is an end of year exam that gives us a measure of progress overall.

 Please click on the links to review the spending allocation as well as a review of the impact of previous years' spending:

Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Programme (2018-19)

Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Programme (2019-20)