Literacy and Numeracy

At KES we recognise that literacy and numeracy are at the heart of successful learning and of raising standards in every area of education.

Every teacher is a teacher of literacy and numeracy and has a responsibility to ensure that students develop these important skills in every lesson. Remember, literacy is vitally important. The difference between Five 9-5 grades at GCSE is approximately £350,000 of earnings over a lifetime. That could be the difference between living a comfortable life and a difficult and compromising one. Literacy is everything. 

The aim of the catch up premium at KES is to provide students with a wide range of experiences to allow them to develop and progress their literacy and numeracy levels from KS2. The pupil catch-up premium provides additional funding to schools to support Year 7 pupils who achieved below a threshold level at the end of key stage 2. Historically this was level 3 or below in reading and/or maths but since last year, it is now measured as those who have not met the expected standard level in English or mathematics. We believe in using a wide range of strategies to allow our students to develop and made the progress necessary for them to participate in the broad range of curriculum studies on offer.

A definition of numeracy: Numeracy is a proficiency which is developed mainly in mathematics but also in other subjects. It is more than an ability to do a basic arithmetic. It involves developing confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires understanding of the number system, a repertoire of mathematical techniques, and an inclination and ability to solve quantitative or spatial problems in a range of contexts. Numeracy also demands understanding of the ways in which data is gathered by counting and measuring, and presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.

The purposes of our whole-school numeracy policy:

  • To develop and improve standards in numeracy across the school;
  • To ensure consistency of practice including methods, vocabulary, notation, etc;
  • To indicate areas for collaboration between subjects;
  • To assist the transfer of pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding between subjects.

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Year 7 Catch-Up Premium 2019/20

The school anticipates receiving £22,753 as Year 7 catch up funding in 2019/20 plus funding of £21,817 carried over from 2018-2019 making a total of £44,570. We estimate that there will be 72 students to focus upon. The school plans to spend the funding in the following way:

Cost Project Purpose/Objective
£18,200.00 Small group tuition (contribution towards overall cost) – employment of fixed term contract staff and LSAs and may also include cover costs for specialist staff running key identified sessions. Develop skills and confidence in the targeted areas.
£1,000.00 Support from a Literacy specialist (contribution towards overall cost). Lexia Reading Programme delivered by SEN department.
£1,500.00 Morning Reading Rooms in conservatory (contribution towards overall cost). Through 1:1 reading support using a structured reading and comprehension scheme that targets a range of text types with an LSA and where their reading age is tested every term to monitor and demonstrate the progress being made.
£3,656.00 Breaktime Reading room (contribution to staffing costs). To provide a quiet and comfortable peer reading space to encourage a love of reading as a break time morale boost.
£200.00 Staff Teaching and Learning sessions (contribution to overall costs). Training on strategies to support effective feedback and challenge for students – key areas to address with students.
£2,862.00 15% towards TLRs for three staff allocated to literacy and numeracy (contribution towards). Coordination, mentoring, monitoring, review and evaluation.
£800.00 Purchase of new literacy books (x3 new sets). Development of innovative techniques that help within and beyond the classroom, for use in D3 by Literacy SENCO.
£500.00 Contingency for the development of existing or new projects. To allow the flexibility to respond to changing needs and new opportunities over the course of the academic year. The school is purchasing new library books and launching literacy led lessons by Literacy SENCO and may need to divert some funds in this direction.
£12,652.00 GL Assessment. Assessment testing for all Year 7, 8 and 9 students to provide accurate starting levels.
£3,000.00 Let me Play initiative. Let Me Play are a leading Youth Organisation, which provides a range of sports, positive activities and education for young people. (See further notes).
£44,570.00 TOTAL  


Let Me Play Literacy / Numeracy catch up sessions

KES uses an external organisation called Let Me Play to run its literacy and numeracy catch up sessions. The organisation runs a range of programmes in schools, communities, youth centres, colleges and residential settings.

The programmes are meticulously designed, planned and implemented to enable young people the most out of the activity and are supported by highly qualified teachers and coaches. Our team of professionals work together, motivating and enabling Let Me Play participants to gain as much as possible from their time with us.

The mission at Let Me Play is for young people to leave inspired and empowered to achieve more, do more and be the best that they can be. To create a social movement where young people experience a programme, which motivates them creating a high impact, long lasting impression.

Programme Objectives

  • Using high-quality staff and high ratios the Let Me Play programme aims to provide an intensive intervention for those who need additional support.
  • To deliver a vibrant engaging programme which motivates and enthuses students about School.
  • To engage beyond the student and with families by inviting parents to sample the school and the array of activities.
  • The programme provides a very structured approach to confidence and self-esteem building to instill belief in what each young person can achieve.
  • Through lessons specifically designed by education specialists to assess literacy and to identify gaps in learning.
  • Negate learning loss and promote teamwork and cohesion.
  • To provide a workbook of learning which allows a handover to the school to assess the activities, learning and stage of the student.

Measuring Impact

The measures used to show the impact of the catch-up premium included:

  • Assessing the reading age of the students at the start, mid-point and finish of the catch-up intervention.
  • Assessing the number of students who arriving with KS2 attainment scores below 85 at the beginning of Year 7 in English who have been reported as making good progress in the termly data collections.

Intervention students have begun to engage more fully and to make progress in Literacy. In future, steps will be taken to ensure a smoother and faster transition for the Catch-Up group including:

  • Assessing reading ages using GL assessment in September and organising the literacy groups with the Literacy SENCO groups for an October start.
  • Taking time at the beginning to engage with every child who will attend the King Edmund School Creating a timetable for the Catch-Up students which includes the Reading and Literacy group time as an additional session.

Review of 2018/19 Strategy

The school received £22,753 as Year 7 catch up funding in 2018-2019 but also had a large sum carried forward from 2017-2018 which has been used this year. It has therefore been decided to carry forward most of the 2018-19 allocation (£21,817) in order to re-evaluate and plan a more cohesive strategy.

Having reviewed the progress of students in 2017-2018 and assuming similar numbers of students requiring support, started in September 2018, the school spent on the following items:

Cost Project Purpose/Objective
£9100 Small group tuition (contribution towards overall cost) – may include cover costs for specialist staff running key identified sessions. Develop skills and confidence in the targeted areas.
£500 Staff Teaching and Learning sessions (contribution to overall costs). Training on strategies to support effective feedback and challenge for students – key areas to address with LPA students.
£1000 TLR for staff allocated to literacy and numeracy (contribution towards). Coordination, mentoring, monitoring, review and evaluation.
£2000 Contribution to English department teaching and learning costs and funding to Literacy SENCO for new literacy curriculum start up costs. To support the development of a new mastery curriculum in Year 7.
£931 Let Me Play - Numeracy and Literacy Projects. Saturday School Literacy project, Maths Saturday school project, Literacy in school workshops, Numeracy in school work shops, Football training with literacy and positive activities.


The table below shows comparable progress of Year 7 catch up against non-catch up students across the 2018-19 academic year. Progress across these levels is shown for an aggregate of all subjects based upon standardised subject specific skills grids. This new assessment method continues to be refined and developed by the Literacy SENCO but overall indications suggest that catch up students are making progress above that of all students.

Year 7 Catch Up Pupils
Average points below target Catch Up All
1-0.9 7 122
0.8-0.6 29 69
0.6-0.4 25 50
0.4-0.2 4 12
0.1-0 13 18
Group % Attend
Year 7 Catch up 95.2
Year 7 96.3


Historical Information

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