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Catch up Premium Strategy 2017/18

In 2017/ 2018 we will receive £9,000 in Catch Up Premium funding. Each student who is eligible for the Catch up Premium attracts £500, and in the academic year 2017/18 we have 18 out of a possible 20 Year 7 students who will receive this premium. This represents 90% of our Year 7 population.

What is the Catch Up Premium?

The Department for Education (DfE) provides additional funding, known as Catch Up Premium to students who did not achieve the national expected standard in either the reading and/or Maths in the KS2 SATS. The national expected standard is a scaled score of 100, any student achieving a scaled score of 99 or below is eligible. The aim is to help students who are below the national expected standard to ‘catch up’ with their peers. For more information visit  


The Catch Up Premium at Limpsfield Grange – our priorities

At Limpsfield Grange all of our students have Special Educational Needs. 74% of our cohort has been identified as autistic, and many of our students have High Functioning Autism or Asperger’s. Children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities are more likely than other children to grow up in deprived households.  According to the National Autistic Society only 15% of autistic adults are in paid employment; 40% of autistic people have an anxiety related mental health difficulty and 70% of High Functioning Autistic people have mental health difficulties. The majority of our students have not met national expectations for progress at the end of KS2 in either English or Maths, and are categorized as low attainers.

Our aim is for all of our students to become happy, healthy, empowered and included adults, who participate in, and contribute towards society. To enable our students to be happy and active citizens we have created a curriculum underpinned by our four areas for development:





The areas of wellbeing, achievement, communication and independence present the greatest barriers to learning and success for students at Limpsfield Grange.

For the students who are in receipt of Catch Up Premium we aim to give them the tools required to make the best possible progress during Key Stages 3 & 4. Many of our students have had difficulties with attendance during their primary years, have struggled with the SATS focus in Year 6 and have gaps in their knowledge and skills. Using Catch Up Premium funding we aim to help students to plug those gaps and gain the confidence to tackle the forthcoming challenges of the secondary school curriculum.


What will we spend the Catch up Premium on in 2017/18?

  • Reading and spelling interventions – interventions will focus on increasing reading ages using a range of strategies, including phonics.
  • Maths interventions – these will focus on a range of topics, in particular number bonds, multiplication tables and developing mental maths strategies. Interventions will be individual or in pairs.
  • Subject specific vocabulary interventions – for subjects such as maths and science sessions will focus on understanding the key vocabulary for the Year 7 curriculum


What did we spend the Catch Up Premium funding in 2016/2017?

In 2016 / 2017 we received £6,500 in Catch up Premium funding. Each student who was eligible for the Catch up Premium attracted £500, and we had 13 students who are eligible, which represented was 87% of our Year 7 population.

Individual reading and spelling interventions for 7 students
  • On average during Year 7 the intervention students PM Benchmarking (a reading comprehension test) score improved by 17 months.
  • On average during Year 7 the intervention students Single Word reading score improved by 7 months.
  • On average during Year 7 the intervention students Vernon spelling score improved by 16 months.

Individual maths intervention for 2 students
  • Students are now able to recall e.g. multiplication tables facts, number bonds which prior to the intervention they could not do. Students now contribute more readily to class discussion.

Paired maths intervention for
4 students 
  • Students are now able to e.g. work out fractions and percentages of given amounts, use known facts to calculate answers to wordy questions. Students now contribute more readily to class discussion.


Review of the Catch Up Premium Strategy 2017 – 2018:

The Catch Up Premium strategy is reviewed annually, and we assess the impact of our Catch Up premium spending through:

  • Attendance – students in receipt of the Catch Up Premium should have rates of attendance in line with or better than their non Catch Up Premium peers at Limpsfield Grange, and in line with the schools attendance target of 94% attendance.
  • Achievement – students in receipt of the Catch Up Premium will accelerate their rate of progress across Year 7 in English & Maths (when compared with their rate of progress at Primary School)

The Catch Up Premium Strategy will be reviewed in November 2018.


If you would like to discuss the way we use this funding please contact the school and we would be happy to speak to you.

Sarah Wild

Headteacher – November 2017