Year 7 Catch Up Funding


The Government has made a commitment to provide educational funding to schools for Yr7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (Yr6).

While we know that this is not relevant to pupils at Nexus, like all mainstream schools we will receive an additional £500 for each pupil in year 7.  Based upon the individual needs of the pupils, schools are permitted to decide the most appropriate way in which to use the funding. Examples of effective use of the funding may include interventions such as:

  • 1:1 tuition in addition to classroom teaching
  • Intensive small group tuition
  • Purchasing external services or materials to those already provided by the school

The allocation for Nexus for 2018/2019 is estimated to be £5000. At Nexus the aim will be to use the funding to best support the pupils to make as much progress as possible in Maths and English.

Rigorous analysis of Yr7 pupils progress data enables staff to identify the barriers pupils may have and focus the funding in these areas of difficultly. The impact of the interventions and strategies put into place is monitored and reviewed during pupil progress reviews.

At Nexus our Year 7 Catch Up Funding priorities for 2018/19 are:

  • Improve reading outcomes through Beanstalk reading intervention and increase the use of symbol reading
  • Increase engagement levels for pupils with PMLD through access to music therapy and sensory equipment
  • Increase progress in Maths through the introduction of Mathletics
  • Increase progress is speaking and listening through LEGO Therapy

For more information please see the Strategy Statement for 2018/2019

Measuring the impact of the Year 7 Catch up Funding:

The impact of the year 7 catch up funding on pupil progress is continually assessed through progress tracking of maths and English and within pupil progress review meetings, held three times a year. During these meetings interventions and strategies put into place are monitored,  reviewed and adapted as required to ensure that they are effective and pupils are making progress. Progress may also be monitored through a range of alternative assessment scales such as Leuven – a scale used to measure well-being and the engagement levels of pupils.

  Maths Reading Writing
Term 2 – Yr8 (16/17)

12 pupils

92% 70% 92%


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