Literacy, Numeracy and PE Premium Expenditure

Literacy, Numeracy and Premium

 What is the Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium?

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides schools with an additional monies for each year 7 pupil who did not achieve at least expected year group expectations in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2. It is provided to all state-funded schools with a year 7 cohort, including special schools, alternative provision (AP) settings and pupil referral units (PRUs).

Online reporting

As a school we must publish details of how we spend the literacy and numeracy catch-up funding and the effect this has had on the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding on our website.

Number of pupils in year 7
Total Top Up Funding


How the Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium is used:

The Observatory School aims to support every pupil who begins Year 7 with additional needs in Literacy or Numeracy, so that they are able to access the same curriculum as their peers and achieve the benchmarks set for them against national data. To support this aim, we have both the English Teacher responsible for Literacy interventions and the  the Maths Teacher is responsible for numeracy interventions.

Based on the individual needs of the pupils at The Observatory  School, we have allocated Year 7 Top Up funding to focus on the following:

Resources/Training Cost Anticipated Impact
Learning Mentor Intervention With the extra support of 2 new learning mentors pupils can access tailored Literacy and Numeracy interventions. These are timetabled slots with the mentors. A timetable has been planned and implemented for all CLA pupils to get catch up sessions with Literacy and Numeracy.
New Library and Resources The new Library will enable Library lessons for all pupils. The pupils will develop a love of learning in a calm and relaxed environment.

 Over all Intended Impact

The impact of how we use Year 7 catch-up funding is monitored and evaluated as part of our school assessment processes and progress is closely monitored at regular assessment check points throughout the year. Support is adapted following assessments, if appropriate, in order to meet individual pupil's needs. 


2019/20 Review

In the academic year 2018-19 The Observatory School recieved £5443 in Year 7 Literacy & Numeracy Catch up funding.

This was spent on:-

Twinkl user accounts for all Teachers. The impact of this is that teachers have greater access to Literacy resources and have improved their delivery of Literacy across all key stages.

My Maths has been purchased for pupils to have a consistent approach to numeracy across the school. Pupils can also access this resource at home to extend their learning in Maths and Numeracy.

All Base classes have developed their own in-class Libraries so pupils have access to books in their base room. This promotes reading in leisure times.

Specific interventions individualised to meet the needs of specific pupils who have failed to make the required standard in their KS2 Assessments.


PE Premium Funding

At The Observatory School we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the children. We believe that an innovative, varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement all our pupils.

Primary School Sports Funding for 2019-20 is enabling us to continue and extend our provision by laying a brand new, state of the art astro pitch. The funding has enabled us to have 2 new pitches, a basketball pitch and football pitch. This will make a dramatic improvement to our delivery of PE in school.

We have been granted £5000 for 2019/2020. All the money will be used on the installation of the new pitches.