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Year 7 Catch Up

Year 7 Catch Up Premium:

Please note: The school received Year 7 Catch Up Premium for the last time in the financial year 2020/21. This page will be archived soon, and will not be updated.

Historically this was paid per pupil in Year 7 who failed to achieve a level 4 by the end of KS2 (usually this is all pupils who join Woodlane), however the formula was adjusted in 2016/17 so that the school will always receive a similar amount per pupil as the previous year, adjusted for increases or decreases in the cohort size. 

The DfE suggests that a school should, “assess the individual needs of each of the pupils who attract the year 7 catch-up premium to decide the best way to use the funding”. Suggestions include; “individual tuition, intensive small-group tuition, external services and materials, summer schools that help students catch up over a short period of time.” The school uses the majority of this funding to pay for Year 7 targeted interventions coordinated and delivered by the school’s Lead Practitioner. A proportion of other costs are also attributed to Year 7 Catch-up Funding, where there is a specific planned impact on progress.


Use of Year 7 Catch-up funding:

Funding is used for a proportion of the salaries of teaching and teaching assistant staff who:

  • Deliver targeted interventions 1:1 with Year 7 pupils in English and Maths.
  • Deliver small group session interventions to Year 7 pupils on areas discussed and agreed as a school, such as emotional literacy support.

Further elements of the funding are used for the purchasing and funding of projects with either a sole Year 7 focus, or a whole school focus that support the progress and development of Year 7 pupils, including:

  • 20% of the costs associated with Mathletics and Spellodrome, used by pupils to improve their numeracy and literacy skills.
  • Year 7 technology upgrades, including Ipads (class sets),
  • Apps and software to support pupil progress and the development of independence.

Impact of Year 7 Catch-up funding:

At Woodlane, progress is a steadily accelerating climb. Assessment is cumulative and progress becomes more rapid as core learning is embedded in KS3 and extended as appropriate in KS4. The work undertaken in KS3 underpins all learning later in the school. Progress appears slower in assessment reporting in Year 7 compared to other years, (in terms of the proportion of pupils exceeding expectations) but this is universally the case with systems similar to ours. Progress in Year 7 is extremely strong and contributes to the significantly positive progress seen in the preceding years.


In both English and Maths, 100% of pupils continue to meet expectations, even during the challenging year that was experienced.

For more information on pupil progress, see the full report on the previous page or visit our data dashboard.