Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy catch-up premium

Year 7 Numeracy Catch-Up Premium

The Mathematics department uses the ‘Y7 catch up’ funding to implement a range of strategies to ensure that students who achieve less than level four at KS2 make accelerated progress in Year 7. We also use the pupil premium funding with students in all year groups to help them achieve their full potential. Below is an indication of some of the ways we make use of this funding:

Here at the Peele Community College, we take great pride in the importance placed on essential skills such as Literacy and Numeracy for all students.

Students are encouraged to expand and use their knowledge, whether it be to build up their skills, or to progress further.  We do this by;-

  • Testing and allocating a numeracy age when they start at the Peele Community College, enabling a numeracy level to be identified.
  • Students, Year 7 through to Year 11, identified as requiring intervention are given the opportunity, in tutor time, to access a fantastic interactive programme of learning ‘Maths Whizz’, which has shown a substantial increase in levels.  This programme creates a tailor made scheme of work for each student.  The programme rewards students for their time and effort by the games they can access as well as a virtual shop.
  • One lesson a week of ‘numeracy’ where the lesson is based solely on money and finance skills. Student’s numerical skills are enhanced through functional money and finance projects which allows them to achieve IFS level 1 award in money and finance. This leads directly into the whole school money and finance agenda.
  • For students that attain above average levels, there is an opportunity to partake in extra ‘awards’ through Edexcel. These include; number and measure, statistics and algebra level 1 and 2 awards.
  • The level 2 awards are a great opportunity to gain extra qualifications throughout the students’ time at college.
  • GCSE statistics is also offered as an option in year 11, giving students an opportunity to enhance their statistical knowledge and aid with mathematics post 16.

Students are constantly monitored and assessed to ensure they are receiving the correct support in achieving maximum progression throughout their college life.

Student comments:

‘I believe without this lesson I would be going into the world knowing nothing about banking’ 

‘I think that I have improved my money skills and so I am getting better at maths in general’

‘I love coming to extra maths because we have fun discussions about everyday life and how different cards work. These lessons will help me in the future with my money and banking skills’ 



Year 7 Literacy Catch-Up Premium

Read Write Inc. Fresh Start,

Read Write Inc. Fresh Start, developed by Ruth Miskin, is a phonics intervention that supports students who are struggling readers and writers to reach the expected level in order to access the secondary curriculum. This intervention is used within Year 7 to target students on entry to the college, who may have missed vital building blocks in their Literacy skills. All year 7 students complete detailed baseline testing in order to identify those who would benefit from the intervention program. The intervention uses rigorous assessments to enable students to be targeted at their specific level of need. There is a key focus on the development of reading and writing skills, to enable students to develop strategies which will allow them to have future success moving forward within our mainstream setting.


Student Comments

“My spelling and reading age has increased by 2 years and I am much more confident now”

“I actually like English now Miss, before I used to dread it”

“I can spell!!”

Parental Comments

“ My son now has the confidence to read out loud, a real difference has been made”

“Brilliant! This has helped Shannon with her speech, spellings, reading and writing. Thank you very much for your support”

“My son has come on in leaps and bounds and now enjoys Literacy”