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Limpsfield Grange School Catch up Premium Strategy 2018/19 – update June 2019

What is Catch up Premium?

The Department for Education (DfE) provides additional funding, known as Catch up Premium. The literacy and numeracy Catch-up Premium gives state-funded schools, including special schools and alternative provision settings, 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 (KS2). Schools are free to spend the money which is additional to the schools main budget, in a way that helps to raise attainment of these students, suggestions given by the DfE are to use the funding to pay for individual tuition, intensive small-group tuition, external services and materials that help students catch up over a short period of time. The aim is to close the gap in attainment and progress between these students and those who did achieve the expected standard in reading and Maths at the end of Key Stage 2. Schools are required to publish details of how they plan to spend the funding. For more information about the Catch up Premium please click on the following link

The Catch up Premium at Limpsfield Grange 2018 2019 – our priorities

At Limpsfield Grange all of our students have Special Educational Needs. Approximately 85% 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 16% 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:

Wellbeing Achievement Communication Independence

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. We focus on skills and developing attributes that will enable the students to be successful, healthy and employable adults, the most important of these being reading, spelling and basic numeracy skills.

Catch up Premium funding and interventions in 2018/2019

In 2018/ 2019 we received £5400 in Catch up Premium funding. Each student who was eligible for the Catch up Premium attracted £540, and we had 10 students who were eligible, which represented was 63% of our Year 7 population.

Catch up Premium funding is distributed to schools in February. Since then the focus has been on reading and spelling interventions. These interventions are focused on increasing reading ages and comprehension using a range of strategies, including phonics. Programs such as Toe by Toe are used with some students. In the Autumn term 2019 the focus of the interventions will be numeracy, with the emphasis being on plugging gaps in particular related to the understanding of place value and number bonds.

The impact of these interventions is measured through the analysis of reading test data. Individual Catch up Premium interventions are highly personalized and specific SMART targets are set for each intervention. Student progress in meeting SMART intervention targets are reported to and analysed by the Assistant Headteacher at the end of the intervention, and the progress of students in receipt of the Catch up Premium is discussed with individual subject teachers during our regular student progress meetings. Students also give feedback about their interventions.

Limpsfield Grange School Catch up Premium strategy is also monitored and evaluated through learning walks; work scrutinies discussions with students about their work; support and challenge for individual teachers; regular SLT discussion to assess the impact of the strategy; the School Improvement Plan and regular external review with our School Improvement Advisor.


The Assistant Headteacher has overall responsibility for the Catch up Premium strategy. Our Catch up Premium strategy is reviewed regularly in terms of the scope and breadth of interventions and their success in meeting individual student needs and enhancing progress in literacy and numeracy. Student progress is reported termly to the Curriculum Community and Student Welfare Committee and the Full Governing Body for further review.

Our success criteria for the Limpsfield Grange Catch Up Premium Strategy 2018 – 2019:

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)
  • Students in receipt of Catch up Premium where the focus is literacy will improve their reading age by at least 1 year during Year 7, this will be measured by the Single Word Reading Test and PM Benchmarking.
  • Students in receipt of Catch up Premium where the focus is literacy will improve their spelling age by at least 1 year during Year 7, this will be measured by the Vernon Spelling test.
  • Students in receipt of Catch up Premium where the focus is numeracy will make at least one sub-grade of progress during year 7.



Catch up Premium outcomes 2017 18

Intervention Outcomes
Individual reading and spelling interventions for 4 students
  • On average during the academic year the intervention students PM Benchmarking (a reading comprehension test) score improved by 10 months.
  • On average during the academic year the intervention students Single Word reading score improved by 8 months.
  • On average during the academic year the intervention students Vernon spelling score improved by 12 months.

Individual or paired maths intervention for 13 students
  • Students are now able to recall e.g. understand place value in 4 digit numbers, multiplication tables facts, number bonds which prior to the intervention they could not do. Students now contribute more readily to class discussion.
  • All students’ maths grades have improved by at least one sub-grade
One student is having daily sessions using the ‘Breaking down barriers: A seven step structured plan for schools working with a child who has selective mutism.’
  • The student is beginning to speak in some lessons, meaning that she is able to make more progress in lessons.
  • The student has built a good relationship with the staff member leading the daily sessions


The Catch up Premium Strategy will be reviewed in March each year and updated each September.

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.

Janine Chippington

Assistant Headteacher – updated June 2019