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COVID catch up premium

COVID catch-up premium

The government announced additional funding for schools for the academic year 2020-2021 to help address pupils’ lost teaching time.

We will receive £80 per pupil distributed over 3 payment times:

  • Autumn 2020
  • Early 2021
  • Summer term 2021

The number of pupils on roll will be ascertained from the October 2020 census.

Schools are expected to use this funding for specific activities to support pupils in line with curriculum expectations for the next academic year. This can be adapted by schools to best suit the needs of their cohorts. We have made use of the guidance published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF):

https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/public/files/Publications/Covid-19_Resources/Covid-19_support_guide_for_schools.pdf

There is the expectation that we use the funding to resume teaching the full curriculum as quickly as possible following partial or full school closures. The funding can be used a single total rather than considering a pupil by pupil approach. The governing body need to be kept informed of the school’s approach, including the planned use of catch-up funding.

Our catch up plan currently includes:

  • An oral language intervention programme for reception aged children
  • Professional CPD for staff in the effective use of technology
  • Emotional support for pupils during transition back to school
  • Extensive pastoral support for families aimed at increasing engagement
  • Resources for disadvantaged pupils accessing remote education
  • Investment in increased technology
  • Reading programmes and resources for KS1 pupils
  • Virtual enrichment events to replace first hand curriculum experiences.

This plan was being developed further when the latest partial school opening and national lockdown was announced in January 2021, so is being continuously adjusted and revised. Pupils will be assessed on their return to school and our provision and education offer adjusted accordingly. Targeted interventions can then be planned and implemented – these are likely to concentrate on maths and literary skills.