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Year 7 Catch Up Premium

The Literacy and Numeracy catch-up premium (CUP) allows schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who achieved a scaled score of lower than 100 in Reading and/or Mathematics at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).
At John Smeaton Academy we closely monitor all pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills and intervene on an individual basis to ensure all pupils make maximum progress in Literacy and Numeracy.
For pupils achieving below 100 on entry, this intervention involves extra paired reading lessons and/or withdrawal from 2 registrations a week, where they will be taught either one to one or in a small group situation. Every individual pupil’s needs are taken into account and every effort is made to support our pupils to ‘catch up’ both in and out of lesson time.
Our non-SEND pupils follow a programme of intervention delivered by our Heads of English and Maths. SEND pupils follow the same programme with withdrawal with specialist intervention Assistant help co-ordinated by our SENDCO to ensure each pupil’s needs are catered for individually.
Individual progress is monitored throughout the year at regular intervals and each pupil’s programme is reviewed to reflect this.
Intervention is provided in many ways to help pupils to 'catch up'.

  • Pupils have withdrawal English and/or Maths lessons.
  • Paired reading with volunteers helps to develop confidence and fluency and we have introduced similar paired Maths sessions for Y7 pupils.
  • Accelerated Reader and Hegarty Maths have a large impact on individual progress. These can be accessed by all Y7 and can be used at home. 
  • A dedicated parents evening is provided to inform parents of the catch up intervention programme is provided.
  • Packs with teaching materials are provided to enable parents to work with their child.
  • Information on progress is provided to parents/carers via phone call and letter 
  • Specialist software has been purchased to screen pupils and accurately provide progress data


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