Catch Up Funding

All state funded schools receive additional funding to support the literacy and numeracy of those Year 7 students who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and or Mathematics at the end of key stage 2.

2016 - 2017

The projected amount of funding for the academic year 2016 - 17 is expected to be £18,000.

We plan to use this funding to support;

  • Small group interventions in both numeracy and literacy
  • A reading support programme
  • Timetabling in English which is designed to provide extra capacity and will allow for classes to be split
  • Timetabling of our Y band which allows for withdrawal of appropriate students; this allows for less impact across students' learning

We expect to divide the money into the same categories as for 2015 - 16 (see below) with money being spent on staffing to provide small group interventions in literacy, reading and numeracy.

2015 - 2016

Knole Academy received £19,500 catch up funding for the academic year September 2015 - August 2016.  This catch up funding was targeted at 39 students who arrived with a level 3 or below in English and or mathematics.  Below details the interventions within each sub category.  Additional funding is accessed for some of these interventions.

Investment in Staffing

The Academy employs a specialist intervention teacher partly funded through the catch up fund to support numeracy.

In English literacy, support is provided by a specialist reading teacher who is fully funded by the catch up fund.

Mathematics intervention

Year 7 students requiring support are grouped into small discrete classes and are taught by the specialist in up to six week episodes.  Progress is measured at the end of these teaching episodes to assess the need for further intervention.

Students do not miss their core mathematics lessons as these interventions are spread across the students' timetables to minimise disruption to learning in all other subjects.

English intervention

Intervention exists on two levels; students arriving with a level 3a and 3b receive literacy intervention and those at 3c and below receive both literacy and reading intervention.  Students who qualify for catch up funding are assessed on their reading age, and baseline data informs literacy needs.  Groups are organised on a rolling timetable for reading and literacy lessons are provided as part of the English timetable.

Specialised curriculum targeted at pupils working towards level 4

The school timetable is set up such that students requiring literacy and numeracy support are generally in the same banded groups, thus facilitating a targeted curriculum for these groups and supporting their transition to level 4.

Impact of Spending 2015 - 16

The Academy no longer uses National Curriculum levels and has moved to a more personalised learning and assessment process.  Therefore progress is measured using step levels.  Please see Knole Academy Assessment Policy for further details.


21 students qualified for funding, of which 72% are now predicted to make three levels of progress or better.


30 students qualified for funding, of which 60% are now predicted to make three levels of progress or better.

Progress of these students is closely monitored and those requiring further intervention will be targeted accordingly as each data cycle is completed.

Details of Costings

Activities Amount
Literacy catch-up £12,650
Numeracy catch-up   £5,860
Timetable adjustments   £1,433
TOTAL £19,943


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