The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gave all state-funded schools additional funding in 2015/16 to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2 in 2015.
This additional funding has been allocated to every school because national figures show that, on average, this group does not achieve as well as their peers across the country. This group of students, however, have the potential to do just as well as all other students and the funding is therefore to support schools to address this issue.
Schools received an additional £500 for each pupil in year 7 who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of KS2.
For 2016/17, because the KS2 assessments switched from levels to scaled scores, the amount was then calculated from the previous year's allocation and adjusted for any change in size of the year group; it no longer related to any underachievement of the intake.
Similarly, for 2018/19 the government advised that they allocated funding to schools on the basis that they receive the same overall amount of year 7 catch-up premium funding they received in 2017 to 2018, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their year 7 cohort between the October 2017 and the October 2018 school censuses. (number of year 7 pupils recorded on the October 2017 school census ÷ number of year 7 pupils recorded on the October 2018 school census) × the 2017 to 2018 allocation. This calculation has been retained going forward.