West London Free School

West London Free School

Year 7 Catch Up Funding

The school receives an additional grant for Year 7 children who did not achieve at least expected progress in reading, grammar and/or mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2. The catch-up funding is designed to ensure that pupils who have not achieved their potential at KS2 are not disadvantaged by this and are provided with the opportunity to ensure that they have the same equality of opportunity as their peers by the time they leave compulsory education. In the financial year 17/18 the school received £8,193 of funding for this purpose.


Major initiatives funded with the Catch-Up Grant

  • Year 7 Phonics Programme (£6,970)
  • After school numeracy intervention (£1,230) 


Impact of intervention 

These interventions were directed towards fourteen pupils with the combined lowest Key Stage 2 score upon entry into the secondary school. We measured the impact of the numeracy and phonics intervention by comparing their starting position in the year group, to their end-of-year ranking across their subjects, and in English and maths. Almost two-thirds of the pupils (60%) improved their ranked position in the year group across all subjects (increasing on average by over 15 places). In English end-of-year exams, 79% of pupils improved their ranked position in the year group (increasing on average by 15 places). In maths end-of-year exams, 70% of pupils improved their ranked position in the year group (on average by 11 places). Both interventions have been replaced by a bespoke Catch-Up curriculum that will be delivered during the timetabled day. We believe integrating support into the timetable will lead to even higher outcomes for these children. 












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