Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Catch-up Premium

Catch-Up Premium: Funding Allocation

What is Catch-Up Premium?

The literacy and numeracy Catch-Up Premium gives schools additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who achieved below the expected standard in Reading and/or Maths at the end of Key Stage 2.

How many students were eligible for Catch-Up Premium in 2015/16?

Based on the eligibility criteria for 2015/16 approximately 17% of our Year 7 cohort received funding as follows:

  • 17 students (of which 44% are PP) had KS2 Reading and Maths scores below L4;
  • 5 students (80% PP) had KS2 Reading scores below L4;
  • 12 students (58% PP) had KS2 Maths scores below L4.

How much Catch-up Funding do we receive?

The funding is paid based on financial years which run from 1st April to 31st March the following year. Since September 2012 OSCA has received £500 for every qualifying student in Year 7. For the academic Year 2016/17 the way this funding is calculated has changed. Instead of receiving an amount per student, a funding formula will be used which assumes the percentage of Catch-up students will remain the same each year and so changes will only reflect overall changes in cohort sizes.

This equates to the totals below:

  • Financial year 2014/15 - £25,000
  • Financial year 2015/16 - £17,000
  • Financial year 2016/17 - £18,308

How have we used our Catch-up Premium Funding Allocation  

We have always directed our Catch-up Premium Funding provision specifically at students with KS2 Levels below the expected standard in English and Maths, however we are aware that this can also have a positive impact on other students with low KS2 scores or weaker Reading Ages.

Examples of how we have used our Catch-up Premium funding to raise achievement are as follows:

  • Two day residential to Edgmond Hall in Shropshire during Spring term in Year 7 to focus on core Literacy and Numeracy skills to jump start progress, and build confidence;
  • Additional timetabled Literacy and Numeracy lessons, alongside master classes in small groups or on a 1-1 basis to support the development of key skills which are hindering progress.
  • Additional study groups after school with external agencies developing maths and literacy skills in an active and creative way;
  • Reading materials and other texts provided for departments to encourage reading and engagement;
  • Children’s Magazine subscriptions delivered regularly to home to encourage and support regular reading for pleasure;
  • Guided reading texts to support Renaissance Reading scheme;
  • Hodder testing for Reading Ages and Numeracy Ages to inform intervention.
  • Fresh Start Phonics programme to support Reading and decoding in lessons, and small group intervention;
  • Hodder testing for Numeracy Ages to provide accurate information for small group intervention;
  • Materials for development of collaborative learning tasks and project based learning with English and Maths.
  • Catch-Up Summer School
  • Supporting OSCA Breakfast Study Club – Staffing, Materials and Breakfasts

What impact has Catch-up Premium had for our students in 2016/17?


No. of students
Below L.4 KS2
(B,N,L2 or L3)

% Matching OSCA
Grade Flightpath*

% Exceeding OSCA Grade

% Now Level 4 +
(approx. OSCA
Grade 1)


28 students





21 students





* This refers to our challenging OSCA Grades Flightpath, rather than the lower previously used measure of two sub-levels progress in each academic year. More details can be found in Assessment at OSCA on the Parents’ page of this website.

Catch-Up Premium 2016/17

How many students are eligible for Catch-Up Premium in 2016/17?

Students who sat KS2 tests in 2016 no longer receive a National Curriculum Level, but instead received a Standardised Score showing Expected Standard Achieved (Standardised score of 100-120), or Expected Standard Not Achieved (Standardised Score of 80 - 99).

In our Year 7 cohort of 210 students:

  • 44 students (of which 50% are PP) did not reach the expected standard in both Reading and Maths.
  • An additional 41 students (35% PP) did not reach the expected standard in Reading.
  • An additional 11 students (36% PP) did not reach the expected standard in Maths.

Of these:

  • 33 students (42% PP) were either working below the level of the test or received a Standardised Score between 80 – 90 in Reading;
  • 10 students (60% PP) were either working below the level of the test or received a Standardised Score between 80 – 90 in Maths.

Updated October 2016