Literacy & Numeracy

Ratton School is committed to raising the standards of literacy and numeracy of all its students, so that they develop the ability to read, write, communicate and use numeracy skills effectively in all areas of the curriculum and the skills necessary to cope confidently with the demands of further education, employment and adult life.


Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium is £500 for each pupil in a state-funded school as additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2.  Schools receive an additional £500 for each pupil in year 7 who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of KS2. The final figures have been calculated using the 2015 key stage 2 data and the autumn 2015 school census data.

We are required to publish on our website:

  • our year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium allocation for the current academic year
  • details of how we intend to spend your allocation
  • details of how we spent your previous academic year’s allocation
  • how it has made a difference to the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Statement


Literacy is crucial to the success of individuals in both their career aspirations and their quality of life. Strong literacy skills are closely linked to the probability of having a good job, good earnings and access to training opportunities. The complexity of today’s world means that students leaving Ratton need to be proficient in reading, writing and communication in order to understand and participate fully in all aspects of life.

Drop Everything and Read

We want to encourage everyone in our school community to read for pleasure and have therefore set aside time in our school week for this to happen. We call this time ‘Drop Everything and Read (DEAR)’. This happens once a week in tutor time and also in English lessons. Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for choosing their own books from our well-resourced library and take the opportunity to read for pure enjoyment.

Literacy Clubs

A wide range of clubs are available to promote Literacy in our school. We have a reading club called Book Buzz for year 7s and 8s only, in which they are encouraged to read fantastic new books and then write reviews on them in order to encourage others to read them.  There are also writing clubs for all years, one focusing on Journalism and one focusing on Creative Writing. In addition, we have Literacy Lunch every week, when teachers read their favourite book out loud and then talk about it in the library. This club has been particularly successful in engaging boys, particularly when PE teachers have got involved. We also take part in the Southern Book Awards and had a great time this year visiting Roedean School and seeing the winner receive the prize.


Every term, we promote a new competition which is focused on creative writing. This year, we have had competitions for World Book Day, Spooky Stories and Fan-Fiction writing. We have also promoted national competitions for poetry and short stories. We award book vouchers to the lucky winners.

World Book Day

World Book Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our favourite authors, books and characters. Teachers and pupils get involved by dressing up as their favourite characters. Tutor groups take part in a World Book Day quiz and subject teachers take part by reading a section of a thrilling short story at the start of each lesson – pupils have to wait until lesson 5 to hear the ending, which makes it even more tense and exciting.

Writer Visits

We have had many visits from writers, including slam poets, comic book writers and teen-fiction authors. Pupils have been involved in workshops as well as listening to performances from these writers. These visits have inspired our pupils and particularly engaged reluctant readers and writers.

Spelling and Vocabulary

We think it is important that students of all abilities continually work on improving their spelling and there are regular tests in lessons and competitions within year groups. Ratton has also successfully taken part in national spelling competitions. There is a termly Literacy Quiz run as a competition between communities with questions that focus on promoting knowledge of a wide range of ambitious vocabulary. The winning tutor group receive a certificate and chocolate biscuits.

Reading Intervention

When some of our students arrive at Ratton with low levels of literacy, we endeavour to give them the best chance of succeeding across the curriculum. A range of reading interventions is currently used to identify, target and enable these pupils to improve their reading skills.

All students, who have a reading age of below 13 or score below 104 on their KS2 SATS test, undergo an online reading age test three times across each academic year. The results of these tests provide staff with valuable data on students’ reading ages, relative to their real age and allows pupils who are falling behind to receive additional support in the form of the following interventions:


Description: Lexia is a web-based Independent Learning System. It is predominantly phonics-based and pupils work through a program independently and at their own pace. The computer keeps track of their progress and provides extra practice on aspects which pupils find difficult.

Lexia is delivered to targeted students once a week in tutor time, Wednesday Lunchtimes and in homework club across the academic year. Pupils are also able to access it at home. We have had great success this year with Lexia with most pupils making rapid progress in their reading ability.

Reading Buddies

Reading Buddies is a paired reading scheme. KS3 pupils with a low reading age work with a more confident reader from Y9 -11 to read together during tutor time. In each session the targeted pupil reads to their partner, seeking clarification on difficult words and responding to questioning on the meaning and focus of the text. This is also an opportunity to provide leadership responsibilities to a wide number of older pupils, who have responded positively and maturely and have been key to the success of many pupils improving their reading ages. Reading Buddies are rewarded with achievement points and cinema tickets but more importantly the satisfaction that they have helped another pupil to learn how to read. 



An important element of the teaching and learning of mathematics is for our students to become numerate.  Confidence in this area allows them to see the links with maths across the curriculum and establishes the importance of number both in school and beyond.

Numeracy is a proficiency which involves confidence and competence with numbers and measures.  Students require the understanding of the number system, calculation skills and to have the ability to solve problems in a variety of contexts.  Numeracy also demands a practical understanding of the presentation of information, whether in tables, diagrams, charts or graphs.

Numeracy is crucial to the success of individuals in their career aspirations and their quality of life.  Strong numeracy skills are closely linked to the probability of having a good job, salary and access to training opportunities.  The complexity of today’s world means that students leaving Ratton need to be proficient in their understanding of number, calculations and problem solving skills.

Recent activities that have contributed to developing students’ skills include, among others:

  • Redevelopment of Ratton’s maths curriculum to emphasise the applications of maths to the real world.
  • Young Enterprise (where students manage the finances of their business) and other related enterprise activities.
  • Cross curricular links e.g. planning the development of the outdoor spaces as learning areas, including measurements and costings.
  • The UKMT Maths Challenges which develop problem solving.
  • Team Maths competitions against other schools, which again develop problem solving.
  • Using a page in the student diaries to encourage them to identify where they see mathematical skills being used in other subjects. 

Further information and resources to support your own and your child’s numeracy can be found on

World Book Day