Year 7 Catchup Fund

Catch Up Fund Statement 2019 to 2020

Outwood Academy Portland works tirelessly to ensure inclusion and equal access for all learners. A wide range of provision and intervention strategies are offered to enable all learners to engage in learning and do their best.

Our intake contains a significant number of students that do not meet the expected standard in Literacy and/or Numeracy at KS2. We are working to overcome these barriers for our students and have structured our curriculum, pastoral system and staffing to target key barriers such as low literacy and numeracy, learner behaviour, inclusion, emotional health well-being, cultural and educational opportunity, health and safety. We recognise that good or better teaching has a disproportionately positive impact on our disadvantaged cohort and our students from low ability attainment bands. Our Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium funding is deployed to target these barriers and raise the quality of our provision so that all students can achieve.

Outwood Academy Portland identify Y7 catch-up students using KS2 SATS outcomes; any child achieving less than the expected standard of 100 in English and/or Maths is entitled to catch up support with the aim of rapidly closing learning gaps. We also identify additional students using the Academy reporting system Praising stars © in October who are not making required progress in English and Maths and require some further support. In allocating this fund consideration will be given to those students who:

  • Have not made the required progress in reading and/or mathematics at Key Stage 2
  • Praising Stars© shows that they are currently not making the required progress

In 2019/2020 academic year, Outwood Academy Portland expects to receive approximately £20,625 Y7 catch-up premium, based on the amount received last year. We have identified a total of 66 Y7 students who did not achieve the expected scaled score of 100 in maths. We have also identified a total of 92 Y7 students who did not achieve the expected scaled score of 100 in English reading and/or writing.
A wide range of provision and intervention strategies will be offered to enable all learners to engage in learning and do their best. In 2019/20 this funding is being used towards:

  • Accelerated Reader – A global reading Programme
  • Small group Lexia sessions with a specialist teacher for students with dyslexia/dyslexic traits
  • Dyslexia testing
  • Additional small group English
  • Additional small group Maths
  • Teacher training to ensure every teacher can support the development of literacy and numeracy skills
  • Library buddy reading program
  • VMG peer mentoring reading program
  • VMG challenges
  • resources for targeted Enrichment (in reading and writing)
  • 1:1 tuition
  • A proportion of Learning Support Assistant salaries.
  • Behaviour for learning program
  • Numeracy Ninja’s
  • Homework support club
  • Lucid testing

Who can I speak to at the Academy regarding catch up interventions?

  • Mr Chris Chancellor is our SENDCO. If you have any queries regarding catch up support and your child has identified additional needs, or you think your child might have undiagnosed SEND needs then please contact Mr Chancellor (

Evaluating Impact

Impact is measured using outcomes from assessments that contribute to the Academy reporting cycle – Praising stars ©. Interventions are tracked using our literacy and numeracy catch up tracker so we can identify which strategies have been the most successful. This forms part of our trust wide evaluation process called the 4I model – information, identify, intervention, impact. Through this process we have refined the interventions we offer to ensure they have the maximum impact.