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Catch Up Funding

Catch Up Funding and Principles

The Government believes that by investing specific funding to identified cohorts of learners there will be a significant reduction in the attainment difference between sub groups of pupils. In response to Government thinking there is now a separate allocation of funding called the catch-up premium.

In 2015/16 schools received an additional premium of £500 for each Year 7 pupil who had not achieved the expected standard (at least level 4) in English and / or Mathematics at Key Stage 2. The money was to be used by schools to deliver additional tuition or intensive support in small groups, whilst also minimising the risk of pupils missing out on the daily curriculum.  The funding provides valuable support to ensure pupils are more likely to succeed at The Priory Witham Academy. The Government expects the funding to be used for additional literacy and numeracy catch-up during Year 7 given that this can make a critical difference to pupils at this important stage. 

In 2015-16 the Academy was allocated £19,500 of catch up premium funding for the Year 2015/2016.  DfE guidance states that in 2016 to 2017 schools will receive the same overall amount of Year 7 catch-up premium funding they received in 2015 to 2016, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their year 7 cohort, based on the October 2016 census.  The Academy therefore received £20,330 of Catch Up Funding reflecting the small increase in cohort size despite a significant increase in the percentage of pupil (17%) not achieving the expected standards in English and / or Maths. Under the old funding formula the Academy would have received £29,500 to support some of our most vulnerable learners, a difference of -£9,170.

DfE guidance states that in 2017 to 2018 schools will receive the same overall amount of Year 7 catch-up premium funding they received in 2016 to 2017, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their year 7 cohort, based on the October 2017 census. In 2017/18 the Academy therefore expects to receive £2642 less funding to reflect the 13% decrease in the size of the Y7 cohort despite a significant percentage increase in the number pupils who did not meet the expected standard in Reading or Mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2.