Coronavirus (Covid-19) Catch up Premium
Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit. The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial, and the scale of our response must match the scale of the challenge.
We know that we have the professional knowledge and expertise in the education system to ensure that children and young people recover and get back on track. Returning to normal educational routines as quickly as possible will be critical to our national recovery, and the government intends for schools and colleges to fully open in September.
The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.
Although all children have had their education disrupted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it is likely that disadvantaged and vulnerable groups will have been hardest hit. That is why, alongside the universal catch-up premium, the government have launched a £350 million National Tutoring Programme to provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who need the most help.
This funding will be directed to provide catch up work for all year groups across the core curriculum.
A detailed plan for the use of the allocated funding can be found here for 2020-2021
A summary of the plan is detailed below:
· Pass assessments will be carried out on all pupils to allow us to understand and intervene with any changes in attitude due to covid-19.
· A full time member of staff will be appointed to work with Key Stage 3 pupils in groups no larger than 7 to focus on closing the gaps of individual needs in English, Maths and Science
· All year 7 and 8 pupils will use accelerated reading as part of the whole school reading strategy.
· Key Stage 4 pupils will have access to 15 hours of tutoring through the National tutoring programme for English, Maths, Science and Spanish. This will be targeted at gaps created due to covid-19
· Regular assessments will be carried out to allow the impact to be seen to ensure the use of the fund has a positive impact on the pupils.
· The detailed action plan is also in addition to the whole school recovery curriculum and each departments recovery curriculum which clearly shows how each department will go about supporting the pupils with the reintegration back into school along with catching up with missed skills and knowledge
In addition to this, these pupils in Year 7 and 8 receive an additional 1 hour a week stand-alone lesson in Literacy focussed on reading to further enhance their improvement towards closing the gap due to the school closure of COVID-19.