Year 7 Catch Up Provision

At the Manor Academy we aim to ensure that all students are successful, happy and confident and we look to use the catch up funding to support students to achieve this.

In the KS2 tests a score of 100 is needed to achieve the status of “secondary ready”.
The Government has made a commitment to provide additional funding to schools for each year 7 pupil who did not achieve at least 100 in national curriculum tests in reading and/or mathematics. The purpose of this funding is to enable schools to deliver additional support for those pupils that most need it.

In Year 7 we currently use this funding to employ two members of staff, Mr Feldman and Miss Singleton, who deliver additional literacy (English) and numeracy (mathematics) small group sessions. Miss Singleton and Mr Feldman were pivotal in the majority of last years designated students achieving the secondary ready status. The children enjoyed their lessons. The quotes below are from our current Y8 students who received Catch up sessions last year.

  • “It has helped me with everything”
  • “Ninga maths and intervention with Mr Feldman have helped me most”
  • “I have worked well and I feel more confident”
  • “English because there are spellings and grammar”
  • “I loved Ninga”

Eligible students work with the member of staff on a personalised programme of support which is based on the gaps in their key stage 2 knowledge, in order for the student to ‘catch up’ as quickly as possible. Our post 16 students also help with the support offered to our Catch Up students in Y7.
In addition, Catch Up students are withdrawn from languages in year 7, to allow them to have extra time on literacy and/or numeracy. This enables them to consolidate their basic skills in English and Maths, with the option to pick up a language at a later date if appropriate.

We have invested in Accelerated Reader, Lexia and IXL, Springboard Mathematics, Read Write Inc., Collins textbooks and The Hackney Literacy Project. You can read more about these below. All of these are used with our catch up students to support their progress, and they are able to use these packages at home to further accelerate their progress. Our post 16 students also help with the support offered to our Catch Up students in Y7. We also have a class set of iPads for use with our Catch Up students.
All students who are eligible for catch up support will be contacted by the Academy in the Autumn Term and their personalised plan of intervention will be shared with students and parents.

This year, 41 students were identified as not “Secondary Ready” in maths and 45 for reading. These students will be our Catch Up classes for some or all of this year, depending on their progress throughout the year. Their achievement is monitored closely.

If you have any questions regarding the catch up provision at the Academy then please contact:
Mrs A Bett (Assistant Headteacher) – [email protected]
Ms N Rowbottom (Maths Catch Up coordinator) - [email protected]
Ms N Fay (English Catch Up coordinator) - [email protected]
All will be happy to discuss your query.


Accelerated Reader is a tiered reading scheme, that gives students opportunity to engage with the library’s array of books at an appropriate level for their progression. After an initial reading assessment the students are given an individual grade that allows them to find books that fit their ability.

IXL is an online collection of educational maths resources, students are able to access this online outside of lessons and through the CatchUp’s collection of iPads in lessons. The service itself offers great flexibility to a wide variety of subjects with scope from year 1 level maths up to GCSE level topics.

Lexia an application on the iPads* walks students through the early stages of language acquisition, breaking down complex words and confirming their prior-understandings. The focus here is on grammar, spelling and phonics (the structure of letters and the way they combine to form the sounds prior to words). This is an in-depth resource that stretches from the basics of modern English, to the roots of the English language engaging with Latin and Greek.

Springboard mathematics is a progressive numeracy programme that develops students’ ability with numbers, actively aiming towards achievement of the ‘secondary ready’ standard. It picks up where SATs preparation leaves off and through diverse and engaging topic-intensive lessons realigns mathematical understandings to give students a fast and firm footing in secondary-level mathematics.

Read Write Inc. A literacy resource formed of 28 booklets that involves reading comprehension, vivid and imaginative stories, a variety of creative tasks and scrupulous questioning fundamental linguistics offers scope for significant advances in a student’s literacy skills. This resource offers swift advancement and tangible improvements, really helping the students see the results of their efforts.

Collin’s textbooks are the touch-up literacy book, for any students who are still making the little reading/writing mistakes that cost them more dearly than is fair. These texts offer broad subjects ranging from tales of Olaudah Equiano an Igbo boy sold into the slave trade in the 1700s to those of ‘The Hunger Games’. These resources give opportunity for students to develop a mature rounded literary voice and understanding.

The Hackney Literacy Project is an alternative scheme of learning which uses reciprocal teaching to provide students with core reading and comprehension skills that are useful in all their mainstream lessons. The students read a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, and they must achieve several assessment focuses by answering targeted questions in each unit of work. This is an innovative and interesting project, which is accessible to all abilities and gives students the opportunity to teach each other the fundamental literacy expertise required to excel academically.