Catch Up Premium 2020 2021

What is the catch up premium and where does it come from?

Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit. The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial, and the scale of our response must match the scale of the challenge.

We know that we have the professional knowledge and expertise at HLC to ensure that children and young people recover and get back on track. Returning to normal educational routines as quickly as possible will be critical to our recovery.

The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.

The aim of Catch up premium

Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the guidance.

Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.

To support schools to make the best use of this funding, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published a coronavirus (COVID-19) support guide for schools with evidence-based approaches to catch up for all students. We have used this document to help us direct our additional funding in the most effective way. This includes, for example:

  • small group or one-to-one tuition
  • intervention programmes to help re-engage pupils or extra teaching capacity from September
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What is Catch up premium?

The Government believes that by investing specific funding to identified cohorts of learners the will result will be a significant narrowing of the performance gap. As a result, in 2013, the Government created a separate funding allocation called the ‘catch-up’ premium.

This additional funding is given to schools in England to support Year 7 pupils who achieved significantly below the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6 SATs). The ‘Expected Standard’ is a scaled score of 100 on these tests (raw mark will vary from year to year). The expectation of the funding is that the students will make accelerated progress in both areas and as a result, will close the gap on other learners within Year 7 cohort.

Schools receive an additional premium of £500 for each Year 7 pupil who has not achieved the ‘Expected Standard’ in Reading and/or Mathematics (maximum £500 per pupil) at Key Stage 2.

The Government expects the funding to be used to provide intensive support for all of the identified students through a range of high impact approaches that improve their literacy and numeracy.

Hadley Learning Community Approach

At HLC we have used our annual premium to set up and then further develop the opportunities the specific cohort of learners identified in our year 7 cohorts. Our unique approach to ensure maximum progression for every identified learner is to introduce a bespoke curriculum offer that has a specific focus on numeracy and literacy alongside a key component, nurture. We have created a provision that we are incredibly proud of at HLC called TEAM 627. The name relates to the transition of learning between Year 6 and Year 7 and the team aspect is linked to the inclusive nature of the learning (Together Everyone Achieves More). The provision has the following principle: ‘Every child will be safe and happy whilst making accelerated progress that allows clear transition of learning skills to allow them to cope with Secondary age specific curriculum.’ TEAM 627 delivers this vision utilising the expertise of specially appointed staff that includes primary and phonics specialists, as well as an intervention lead and a teaching assistant. This expertise is delivered within a creative, themed curriculum that drives the focus of numeracy and literacy. Within all aspects of delivery, staff plan for specific ‘catch up’ interventions that are linked to data and the use of test, fix, retest in aspects of the curriculum which is solidly embedded. The use of ICT to engage and enhance learners approach to education is key and one of the pillar principles of TEAM 627 is the development of resilience. Alongside the use of ICT, enrichment to bring learning alive was another key priority. All curriculum areas have embedded enrichment activities to bring learning alive and motivate learners. In addition, the team support open communication with parents through additional workshops and work display sessions. This creates a solid team around the child, where school and home work together towards a shared vision. This combination of innovative curriculum, modern technology, enrichment and the most amazing staff have proven to be a huge success that has led to our approach being promoted nationally by the SSAT amongst others.


The impact of our approach was immediately evident with progress data significantly higher than national averages. The gains shown in the diagram below indicate that our students are making rapid progress and are ‘catching up’ with the remaining Year 7 cohort, meeting the principles of the funding we receive.

We look forward to our current cohort of students living up to these expectations!

Costs Overview

The following costs outline our use of the £20,500 catch-up premium funding that we received for the 2016/17 academic year. The funding has been used in combination with whole school budget such is the importance and impact to date of the approach.

Team 627 Running Costs

Primary Specialist


Phonics Specialist


Intervention Lead


Higher Level Teaching Assistant


Purchase of Resources and Consumables




** In addition to this sum, the school budget supports enrichment and ICT hardware.

Plans for 2017/2018

Due to the performance of TEAM 627, the ‘catch up’ funding spend will remain consistent with 2016/17. However, funding streams have been introduced to develop more student specific, more focused programmes in addition to the TEAM 627 provision. These may include the following:

  • Arts participation
  • Aspiration interventions
  • Extending school time
  • Specific home learning packages
  • One to one tuition
  • Oral Language Interventions
  • Reading comprehension strategies
  • Social and emotional learning
  • Sports participation programme
  • Summer schools