Year 7 Catch Up Premium

Year 7 Catch Up Premium 2018/19


In 2018/19, Penn Fields School will receive £9,000 to support pupils who did not reach the national average in Literacy or Numeracy. Penn Fields is a school for pupils with complex cognitive needs and as a result, this means all Year 7 pupils attract this funding.


The school uses this grant to support:


  • Year 7 pupils by ensuring those not making expected progress in Literacy and Numeracy receive small group intervention sessions;

  • one pupil in Year 7 to receive play therapy;

  • one pupil in Year 7 to be mentored;

  • four pupils in a Nurture group throughout the year.

Year 7 Catch Up Premium 2017/18


In this academic year, Penn Fields School has eighteen eligible pupils and the school received £9000.


Penn Fields School is using the funding as follows:


  • Purchase of specialist resources which are age appropriate to promote learning priorities for cognition and communication for learners

  • Funding of Year 7 residential camp – to support independence and resilience

  • Supporting Year 7 pupils in a range of interventions including literacy – 1:1 reading and numeracy, Cool Kids etc

  • Updating library books in upper school library to cover topics year 7 pupils are interested in to stimulate their interest in reading

  • Purchase of Numicon resources to support numeracy skills


The Impact of the Additional Funding


Pupils were all base-lined at the start of year 7 and appropriate targets were set. Then progress was monitored using our assessment system SeeSaw and also through book trawls. Subject leaders and the Deputy Head Teacher monitored data to ensure pupils were on track and reached expected levels of progress. Data from interventions showed that the support put in had a positive impact on pupil progress.


The purchase of new library books and a revamp of the library area made the library a far more attractive place to visit. It has been used far more this year and the new library books purchased have proved to be a welcome addition to the library.


The purchase of additional Numicon resources has supported year 7 pupils’ numeracy skills. It also aids a multi-sensory approach to mathematical learning and has been shown to support the visual learning style of many of our pupils.

Penn Fields School

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