Catch-up premium for failing pupils


Schools are to be provided with cash to support children not reaching the expected level in literacy and numeracy when they finish primary school.

The government announced that secondary state schools across the country will receive £500 per pupil.

Called the ‘catch-up premium’, it will provide intensive tuition for Year 7 students who have failed to reach the expected level of literacy and maths skills by the time they move to secondary school.

Last year, 13% of pupils in primary schools in England did not get Level 4 - the level expected of 11-year-olds - in reading, and 16% did not reach it in maths.

Almost 110,000 children will benefit from the £54.5m scheme, the Department for Education (DfE) said.

The money is to be used by schools to deliver additional tuition or intensive support in small groups, giving pupils valuable support to bring them up to speed so that they are more likely to succeed at secondary school.

The funding will not be ring-fenced for catch-up activities but it is expected that this funding will be used for additional literacy and numeracy catch-up during Year 7 given that this can make a critical difference to pupils at this important stage.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "The consequences for a pupil being left behind in the basics when they start secondary school can last for the rest of their education.

"The catch-up premium money being handed out to schools today will help pupils catch up with their peers as quickly as possible. Every child should have the chance to succeed and get off on the right foot when they start their new school."