Year 7 Catch Up Premium


The pupil premium is additional funding provided to schools by the Department for Education for  year 7 pupils recorded in the key stage 2 assessment data as not having achieved level 4, 5 or 6 in reading or mathematics. The Year 7 catch-up premium allocation for 2015-16 was based on £500 for each pupil.

The grant may be spent for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school, or for the benefit of pupils registered at the school.  The grant does not have to be completely spent by schools and academies in the financial year; some or all of it may be carried forward to future financial years.

Using the Funding

In making decision on using the funding, schools should assess the needs of individual pupils to decide the best way to use the funding and select programmes and approaches for which there is the good evidence of effectiveness in improving outcomes.

Effective use of funding to support catch-up may include:

  • Individual tuition in addition to classroom teaching but schools need to take care to minimise risks of pupils missing out on mainstream lessons
  • Intensive small-group tuition, perhaps supported by new classroom materials and resources.
  • Purchasing external services and materials to add to those provided by the school.


The amount of Year 7 Catch Up Premium allocated to Epsom and Ewell High School during the 2015-16 financial year was £16,500. The total number of eligible pupils was as follows: 13 pupils did not achieve L4 in reading, 22 pupils did not achieve L4 in Maths.

Use of Year 7 Catch Up Premium

The Year 7 Catch Up Premium has been used to provide additional sets in Maths, English and Science for lower attaining pupils and to provide Teaching Assistant support with literacy and numeracy through withdrawal groups or one to one.

We believe this uses the funding in an integrated way to ensure that entitled students receive the opportunity of additional support without missing out on mainstream lessons.

The impact in educational attainment arising from expenditure of the Year 7 Catch Up Premium based on Teaching Assessments and EESATs (Epsom & Ewell Standard Attainment Tests) has been demonstrable as the table below shows:



% of pupils meeting expected progress

(not achieving L4 at KS2)

% of pupils meeting expected progress

(All pupils)











Plans for 2016-17

In 2016-17, under the new assessment system operating in primary schools we have 49 students who are not secondary ready in mathematics and 57 in English. We are continuing to use catch-up finding to provide small group teaching as our data shows that this has impact on pupil progress: the Progress 8 score for the low ability students in summer 2016 was +0.91.