Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Grant – Woodlands Community College

What is the Year 7 catch-up grant?

The literacy and numeracy catch-up grant gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (a scaled score of below 100 in either subject).

The Department for Education provides this additional funding to secondary schools to help these pupils catch up in English and Maths with their peers.

Funding for the catch-up grant is based upon the funding from previous years. This does not mean an individual pupil has entitlement to the grant, rather the school has the discretion to spend this money to ensure that identified pupils are able to make the necessary progress.

What makes a pupil eligible for the literacy and numeracy catch-up grant?

Any pupil who joins Woodlands in year 7 with a standardised score below 100, what was originally a level 4c, in any of their literacy or numeracy assessments at Key Stage 2 will be in receipt of the interventions paid for using the literacy and numeracy catch-up grant.

How much is the Woodlands year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up grant?

The money to be received this year from the Government is £9.917. The profile of pupils as of September 2019 at Woodlands who are eligible:

All Pupils (182) Boys (98) Girls (84)
No Pupils % No Pupils % No Pupils %
Reading 61 33% 40 41% 21 25%
Maths 38 21% 22 22% 16 19%
Both subjects 28 15% 19 19% 9 11%

How is the Woodlands year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up grant being spent?

Schools can choose how to spend their catch-up grant money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of greatest benefit to the pupils who are eligible. Our aim is to rapidly close the gap in literacy and numeracy attainment between catch-up pupils who joined Woodlands in year 7 and their peers within their cohort. There is no single strategy that makes an overall positive difference to the progress in literacy and numeracy skills. It is the coherence of the school’s approaches that enables us to narrow the achievement gap between catch-up pupils and other pupils.

Parental contact

Any parental queries regarding the year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up grant please contact the Deputy Headteacher responsible for Curriculum – Deb Sutton (

Date of the next review of the Woodlands literacy and numeracy catch-up strategy:

Woodlands full Catch-Up Premium Strategy Document can be downloaded here.