Berwick Middle School

Lovaine Terrace, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1LA

Berwick Middle School

Part of the Three Bridges Schools' Federation

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  2. Year 7 Catch Up Premium

Year 7 Catch Up Premium


Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy catch up

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2.

Our funding allocation for the current academic year is £4750.

 Pupils have been identified from their results and receive intensive group tuition with reading and maths with experienced teaching and support staff as a timetabled, regular lesson.



Reading catch up works in liaison with the English department, and focuses on improving the reading skills that are already being taught in this subject within existing lessons. Pupils use selected texts to develop their skills of inference, understanding of how an author uses language and how authors structure texts. Pupils are enabled to engage with the text through a range of approaches and activities and are scaffolded throughout the process. They are also able to gain practice of reading aloud in a safe and supportive environment and are helped to develop their vocabulary. 

 The maximum group size is 6.



All pupils are taught in ability groups for Maths in year 7. This allows those pupils who did not reach the expected level in their year 6 SATS to access a bespoke programme of work giving them the opportunity to ‘catch-up’. Pupils in the 'catch-up' Maths groups have TA support in class which allows for small group and individual work to take place within a lesson, alongside specialist teacher input. They have access to Catch-Up Maths resources which they access within lessons to reinforce concepts. Regular progress checks allow the pupils to monitor their own progress and this builds their confidence in Maths. This information is also used to adapt the programme to ensure it meets the needs of individual pupils to allow progress to be made.