Covid-19 Catch Up Funding
The government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds. This funding includes:
- National Tutoring Programmeto provide additional, targeted support for those children 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
- a £350 million and young people who need the most help, which includes:
- a schools programme for 5 to 16-year-olds
- an oral language intervention programme for reception-aged children
School allocations are calculated on a per pupil basis with mainstream schools receiving £80 for each pupil. (The first instalment of this funding is just under £9000 for our school.) Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the curriculum expectations for the next academic year in actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak. While schools can use their funding in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances, they are expected to use this funding for specific activities which will help pupils catch up on missed education.
To support schools to make the best use of this funding, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published a coronavirus (COVID-19) support guide for schools with evidence-based approaches to catch up for all students.
- Teaching and whole school strategies
- Supporting great teaching
- Pupil assessment and feedback
- Transition support
- Targeted approaches
- One to one and small group tuition
- Intervention programmes
- Extended school time
- Wider strategies
- Supporting parent and carers
- Access to technology
- Summer support
The Senior Leadership Team (SLT) reviewed the SIP (School Improvement Plan) with the EEF’s report in mind and agreed that the objectives for the year (Quality of Education & Personal Development) dovetailed with the expectations for a quality curriculum for all pupils to effectively ensure ‘catch-up’ could take place.
Quality of Education
- Improve the teaching of reading across school
- To ensure pupils transfer phonic & GPS knowledge to improve writing
- Improve Maths planning and delivery to deepen pupils’ vocabulary and understanding
- Ensure the well planned PSHE scheme of work positively impacts on equality, diversity, relationship education and well-being
- To investigate opportunities to develop nurture sessions to support pupils’ SEMH
- To investigate opportunities to develop nurture sessions to support pupils’ struggling with ADD
SLT felt the ‘catch up’ funding needed to be allocated for targeted intervention programmes, including one-to-one and small group tuition to be delivered by our highly qualified support staff.
This additional funding support enables all year groups to have increased TA support to support the high quality teaching and learning provided by our Teaching team.
Catch up at Freckleton IS NOT:
- Cramming missed learning
- Pressuring children and families into rapid learning
- Teachers time spent highlighting missed objectives
- Teachers time spent ticking off assessment points and extra tracking