Pupil Premium & Year 7 Catch up

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is allocated funding to help school raise the achievement of disadvantaged children and to close the gaps between them and their peers.

It is primarily aimed at Reception to Year 11 pupils who are from low income families and are eligible for free school meals (FSM).  This category now includes any child that has been registered for FSM in the past 6 years (known as Ever 6 FSM).

Students who have had a parent in the forces in the last 4 years (Service Children Ever 4) also benefit from Pupil Premium funding.

Pupil Premium Plus, benefit children in care and students who have been adopted.

Pupil Premium Report 2017/18

Pupil Premium Spend 2018-19

Sewing Support and Repairs

If you think your child may be entitled to Pupil Premium funding or you have any queries, please contact Mrs Alex Kettlewell 01209 203721 or email akettlewell@redruth.cornwall.sch.uk 

Free School Meals Application via Cornwall Council Website

Printable FSM Application Form 


Catch-Up Premium

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve expected standards for reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2). 

Allocations to schools funded in 2017 to 2018

In 2017 to 2018 the Education Funding Agency allocated funding to schools on the basis that they receive the same overall amount of year 7 catch-up premium funding they received in 2016 to 2017, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their year 7 cohort between the October 2016 and the October 2017 school censuses as follows:

(the number of year 7 pupils recorded on the October 2016 school census) divided by (the number of year 7 pupils recorded on the October 2017 school census) multiplied by the 2016 to 2017 allocation.

How do we use our year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium?

We assess the individual needs of each of the pupils who attracts the year 7 catch-up premium to decide the best way to use the funding. 

 We use the funding as appropriate to contribute towards: 

  • individual tuition 
  • small-group tuition
  • TA support
  • Additional set in maths

Allocation for the Financial Year 2017 to 2018


English Catch-Up Premium

In the year 2017/18, the Catch-Up Premium was used by English to ensure that any students who did not reach the expected standard in KS2 were provided with some form of intervention that best supported their need. Students were identified as having a scaled score of 100 or less.

Strategies included:

* Provision of a specific TA who worked with targeted pupils in their English lessons;

* Literacy group teaching where students were taught in small groups. These students received more attention and benefited from Read, Write, Inc. sessions as well as studying the regular English pathways;

* Some students attended ILS spelling intervention.


* 91.4% of students made progress in their spelling ages

* 93.7% of students made progress in their reading ages.


In the year 2018/2019, the plans for catch-up premium are as follows:

* Provision of a specific TA to work with targeted pupils during their English lessons.

* ILS spelling intervention

* We have two specialist literacy groups in Year 7 providing specialist support for these students. Students study the regular English pathways but also benefit from Read, Write Inc. sessions.

* We have a view to running a reading and comprehension group which targets students below a reading age of 10 who are not in the literacy groups – this will be in place by November 2018.

* We have a new online platform, Literacy Planet, designed to engage students and improve their literacy skills through games and fun activities. So far this is proving particularly popular with our students in lower sets.

Maths Catch-Up Premium

The year 7 intake of Sept 2017

70 students compared to 53 students in the previous year cohort obtained scaled point score of below 100 for Maths at KS2.

Initially all students were identified as in need of ‘catch up’ for Maths; by the end of year 7, across the two populations, 13 students had moved up to set 2 or 3 for Maths and were assessed as being ‘above target’. Whilst, across the two populations 41 students have moved up to set 4 and were accessed as working ‘on target’ by the end of end 7 in Maths.


An additional set on either side of the year group for Maths, this created small class sizes. A subject specific Teaching Assistant was timetabled to support these additional classes for the majority of their lessons. This was in addition to any support an individual student received as required by their Educational Health Care Plan. 

The focus for the first term of year 7 was consolidation of the ‘basics’ of Maths - addition, subtraction, multiplication and eventually division. This strategy eliminated any misconceptions and enabled the students to achieve a sense of success. The teaching was supported by the use of mymaths and mathswatch outside the lesson. 

All students complete additional work every evening using numeracy ninjas to reinforce the basic concepts of the four operations of numeracy. Numeracy ninjas was replaced with Mathletics at the start of the Spring term in 2018.

  • By AP4  100% of students had made progress with their numeracy and mathematical skills. This was evidenced at each of the assessment points through formal assessments, with students being able to access questions on GCSE foundation papers. 
  • 68.4% of the identified cohort were on or above their target by the end of the year. 

Students said they felt more confident with their Maths and well supported in lessons. 

Strategies for 2018/2019 
  • Continue to embed mathletics for all students in yr 7  
  • Subject specific TA in a proportion of the year 7 lessons 
  • Continue with a ‘drop in’ maths support session on a Monday evening 
  • Maths ambassadors have been elected and provide support via email 
  • Prefects are allocated to all year 7 tutor groups to support the numeracy element  


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