Catch-Up Premium

Catch-Up Premium

What catch-up funding is for:

The government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds.

The followings settings are eligible:

  • primary, secondary and all through local authority-maintained schools, academies and free schools
  • local authority-maintained special schools
  • special academies and free schools
  • special schools not maintained by a local authority
  • pupil referral units
  • alternative provision (AP) academies and free schools
  • local authority-maintained hospital schools and academies
  • independent special schools

Funding allocations:

School allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis.

Mainstream school will get £80 for each pupil in from reception to year 11 inclusive.


Using catch-up funding:


Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the curriculum expectations for the next academic year


While schools can use their funding in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances, they are expected to use this funding for specific activities which will help pupils catch up on missed education.



How Dormston School is using the Catch Up Premium:


(From 01/09/2020 to 31/08/2021)


Staffing of specific Maths & English interventions:                  £61,798.11

Teaching resources:                                                                       £27,878                                 




Allocation and Budget

Catch up funding is used in school to raise the achievement of year 7 students who achieved a scaled score of less than 100 by the end of Key Stage 2. This fund is used to bridge the progress gap during year 7.

The Catch Up fund allocation for 2019/20 will be provided at the start of the next financial year in April 2020. Dormston School has identified the students in year 7 with the lowest Key Stage 2 scale scores. These students will be monitored during each assessment cycle and, where necessary, supported to make expected and better than expected progress in literacy and numeracy as identified in this statement.

School Priorities 2018/19
Success measures 2018/19

Catch up Fund allocation 2018-2019: £17,286


Our students will be monitored during each assessment cycle and, where necessary, supported to make expected and better than expected progress in literacy and numeracy as identified in this statement..

Student Analysis and Monitoring


Every term, all students are assessed and their data is analysed to identify underachievement.  This is used to drive curriculum interventions and wider school support as necessary.

Student progress is monitored for all key demographics within school.  This includes disadvantaged cohorts in each year group.

Heads of House to monitor the attendance and punctuality of students in their year group who are eligible for catch up funding. Interventions to raise levels of student attendance and punctuality include communication with families, home visits and other events which help families develop and strengthen relationship with school.

Strategies and Interventions 2019-2020 – £22,535

Interventions Booster Programme

Catch up booster programme to take place in the Autumn and Spring Term to specifically support numeracy to ensure progress.


Reading after school club

Targeted after school reading group to promote engagement with literacy and develop reading ability.


Targeted Curriculum intervention / Staff training for this

Where possible, year 7 students identified as low ability will be placed onto our Fresh Start programme which will promote improved reading and writing or a bespoke literacy /numeracy intervention.


Fortnightly Reading Classes and withdrawal group

Class reading to take place fortnightly for all year 7 classes. Targeted groups will be withdrawn by an English specialist to support engagement within reading and improve comprehension levels. These session are 60 minutes.


Total Spend

Review of support – Literacy /Numeracy (57 Students Eligible)
Fresh Start – Reading and spelling programme – 38