What is Catch Up Premium?


The Government believes that by investing specific funding to identified cohorts of learners the will result will be a significant narrowing of the performance gap. As a result, in 2013, the Government created a separate funding allocation called the ‘catch-up’ premium.

This additional funding is given to schools in England to support Year 7 pupils who achieved significantly below the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6 SATs). The ‘Expected Standard’ is a scaled score of 100 on these tests (raw mark will vary from year to year). The expectation of the funding is that the students will make accelerated progress in both areas and as a result, will close the gap on other learners within Year 7 cohort.

Schools receive an additional premium of £500 for each Year 7 pupil who has not achieved the ‘Expected Standard’ in Reading and/or Mathematics (maximum £500 per pupil) at Key Stage 2.

The Government expects the funding to be used to provide intensive support for all of the identified students through a range of high impact approaches that improve their literacy and numeracy.