COVID Catch Up
Following the government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up.
Schools’ allocations are calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in reception through to Year 6. This means we will receive approximately: £35,360 this year to help us support our pupils.
Schools have to use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months. Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances. To support us to make the best use of this funding, the Education Endowment Foundation has published a support guide for schools with evidence-based approaches to catch up for all pupils. We have considered this when planning our approach for the use of this funding.
The barriers we need to address to help pupils catch up
- Ensure pupils are in school every day to learn.
- Supporting pupil’s emotional wellbeing.
- Supporting pupils re-establish behaviours for learning.
- Re-engaging pupils in the curriculum and learning.
- Re-establish positive relationships.
- No device to access home-school learning.
Expected progress not made due to lockdown, including:
- Pupils not at appropriate chronological age in English and Maths.
- Missed daily phonic teaching in Early Years and Key Stage 1 – impacting on early reading and writing skills and confidence.
- Poor Fine motor skills
- Delayed progress in reading skills, fluency and comprehension.
- Gaps in Mathematical knowledge and understanding.
What we plan to do
- Take part in the Nuffield Early Vocabulary project
- Provide additional emotional support through the ELSA and Friends programmes
- Provide time for teachers to carry out catch up with their own class
- Provide additional opportunity through specific programmes such as the Power of 2.
- Increase the skills of staff, pupils and parents to engage with blended learning.
How we will check that our plan is making a difference
- Establishing baselines in learning.
- Pupil progress meetings / discussions with class teachers and TAs.
- Regular monitoring of teaching and learning and pupils work.
- Talking to pupils.
- Tracking of pupil progress data.
- Progress / outcomes from interventions.
A full copy of our Covid 19 Catch Up Plan can be found on the link below.