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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.

The money is 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 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. From September 2016 the way the Catch Up premium was calculated changed so that schools received 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. 

In 2017/18 the Academy received £3319 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. For this academic year the funding formula will remain the same and the academy will receive the same overall amount received last year, adjusted to reflect the percentage increase in the Y7 cohort.