Cash boost to help pupils reach numeracy and literacy targets

Secondary schools in Northamptonshire will receive £500 per pupil to help every Year 7 student who did not reach the expected level in literacy and maths when they finished primary school.

The £54.5m Government ‘catch-up premium’ scheme will provide intensive tuition for almost 110,000 pupils across the country who have failed to reach the expected level of literacy and maths skills by the time they move to secondary school.

Figures from the Department for Education show that only five per cent of pupils who did not manage to get Level 4 in both English and maths at Key Stage 2 went on to achieve five GCSEs at A* to C, including English and maths.

In order to help these children catch up and strive for better GCSEs, they will receive additional help through either individual tuition or intensive support in small groups.

The extra support is designed to help bring pupils up to speed so they are more likely to succeed at secondary school, rather than falling further behind. By catching up with their classmates, it is hoped that pupils’ motivation will also be boosted.