Catch-Up Premium


The Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium provides schools with an additional £500 for each Year 7 pupil who did not achieve at least Level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2.

The School is required to publish on our website how we:

  • plan to spend the current academic year’s allocation
  • spent the previous year’s allocation including
  • what effect the premium had on pupil’s educational attainment
  • how the school assessed the effect on attainment.


2016 - 2017



This year's cohort have been working on similar interventions, including a new addition of 'Book and Breakfast' whereby pupils are mentored by Year 10 students, exploring their thoughts on a text and listening to them actively read. We have increased the allocation of time given over to Lexia, and pupils have expressed high levels of enthusiasm for these intervention sessions. So far, we have seen an increased rise in pupil confidence and attitudes towards reading and an ability to discuss and share their thoughts. In addition, of the pupils across the year group who have so far been tested this term, there has been an average increase in reading age of five months between September and January. Pupils have shown they are also making progress with their written abilities in English and are working towards the next step on their current pathway.


2015 - 2016

Werneth received Catch Up funding of £22,500 for 2015/16.

This year the funding has been used to

  • Fund the introduction of the Lexia phonics programme
  • provide enhanced staffing for those needing extra intervention in English and mathematics lessons.
  • Provide small group support
  • Fund and provide support materials for the CatchUp Maths website



In English, 20 students had a KS2 English level of L3 or below. This year we have used Accelerated Reader, guided reading withdrawal, paired and peer reading and we have introduced Lexia, a phonics based computer programme that gives students the opportunity to re-visit and re-learn phonics gaps in their learning.

14/20 students (60%) are now working at a level 4 and have made expected progress this year.
The average reading age for this group was 8 years 5 months, with 20% having a reading age below 8 years. On average the group made 5 months of reading progress between October and July, with 3 students making over 1 years progress.


2014 - 2015

Year 7 Catch Up Premium  

In 2014‐15, Werneth School was allocated £17,000 in funding as part of the Year 7 Catch Up initiative. Year 7 catch‐up funding provides an additional £500 for every student who has not achieved level 4 in reading and/or maths at Key Stage 2. This funding aims to help these students to ‘catch up’ with their peers during their first year in the school.

How we spent the allocation of funds during 2014‐15:

The strategies employed during the last academic year included:  

  • Staffing support to enable  
  • Small group teaching
  • One to one support
  • Specific support for targeted students through the Mantra Group (nurture)
  • Literacy intervention programme includes using the following:
  • Accelerated Reader Programme incorporating the  STAR Reading assessment
  • Numeracy Intervention programme included using the following
  • MyMaths Programme
  • Additional classroom support
  • Shine Project


Impact on the achievement of targeted students



33 students had a KS2 English level of L3 or below.

26/33 students (79%) of made 2 sub levels or more of progress in English. 29/33 students ( 88%) made at least 1 sub level of progress. 18/33 students (55%) achieved at least a L4 by the end of Yr 7.
The average reading age for this group was 8 years 1 month. 16/33 students had a baseline reading age of below 8 years.

The average improvement in reading age for the ten months between September and June was 11.5 months
16/33 students improved their reading age by over one year and 3/33 students improved by over 2 years


35 students had a KS2 mathematics level of L3 or below.
23/35 (66%) made 2 or more sub levels of progress. 31/35 (89%) made at least 1 sub level of progress.
19/35 (54%) students achieved a L4 by the end of Yr 7

Use of the Primary School PE and Sport Premium

The role of Sports' Co-ordinator is vital to the smooth transition of children from primary to secondary school and also maintains students' interests in physical activity.

Our students arrive to Werneth fully aware of the sporting opportunities available to them and have already experienced a number of tournaments, festivals and sporting events that have allowed them to experience a broad range of sports.

Our sporting calendar is attached with a range of pictures from recent events.

Alongside promoting physical activity within and outside of primary school life, another use of the sport premium has been to develop the confidence and subject knowledge of primary staff in delivering PE.

Our School Sports' Co-ordinator works regularly with our local feeder primaries to liaise with staff in delivering schemes of work, observing and improving the delivery of PE throughout the primary key stages and forming sports' councils with young ambassadors, junior play leaders and lunch-time leaders.

Each feeder primary has a sports' council and have attended a Young Ambassador conference held at Werneth in January 2015, where Year 10 students delivered a day of training on how to be an effective leader and sports' ambassador. As a result of this, we now have primary ambassadors in each school who meet regularly with Werneth ambassadors to promote sport and healthy lifestyles in each school.

Our Sports' Co-ordinator also oversees leadership in Werneth and many of our Year 9-11 students regularly visit local primary schools to deliver leadership sessions. We have a number of students who have completed both Level 1 or 2 Sports' Leadership courses.