In 2016 to 2017 schools will receive the same overall amount of year 7 catch-up premium funding they received in 2015 to 2016, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their year 7 cohort, based on the October 2016 census.
Secondary schools receive the premium to support year 7 pupils who do not reach the government’s “expected standard” in reading and mathematics by the time they leave primary school.
While it is up to schools how they use the funds, the government advises to use it only for programmes they can be certain will be effective, such as tuition programmes and summer schools.
In 2015 schools received £500 for each pupil in who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or mathematics at key stage 2. This year, schools will receive exactly the same amount (give or take a small percentage increase or decrease for cohort size change) regardless of whether they have more or less pupils not meeting the expected standard.
Last year, 93,180 pupils were eligible for catch up funding, comprising 17% of the cohort. However, this year at least 34% of the cohort will be eligible - over 191,000 pupils - more than double last year’s figure.
Our allocation of funding for 2016-2017 is £17,745.
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