Covid-19 'Catch Up Funding'
In June, a £1 billion fund for education was announced by the government. Further guidance has now been released (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-catch-up-premium) showing that the money is split between a Catch-Up Premium and a National Tutoring Scheme.
The Catch-Up Premium is funded on a per pupil basis at £80 per pupil. This will be based on the previous year’s census and will not include Nursery numbers, meaning Southmead Primary School will be in receipt of £29,280 (366 x £80). The spending of this money will be down to schools to allocate as they see best. To support schools 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 students.
At Southmead, this money will be used in order to:
- Purchase curriculum resources and materials that support pupils to get 'back on track.' These include the White Rose Catch Up Curriculum and the Maths Counting to Calculation programme.
- Fund additional support staff to develop the outcomes of children and year groups who have been identified as needing 'catch up' in their learning.
- Invest in enhanced technology to support Remote and Blended Learning, as well as improve Quality First Teaching.
- Training and support for staff in identified areas across the curriculum - academically, socially and emotionally.
- To enrich the breadth of our curriculum with visitors (where appropriate) and visits.
The broad aims for “catch up” at Southmead:
- Attainment outcomes at end of 2020-21 for all year groups will be at least in line with those at the point of lockdown in March. This means that if a child was working at an age-related expectation in a subject in March they are working at least to an age-related expectation in that same subject by the end of the year.
- By the end of the 2021-22 year, attainment outcomes for all year groups will be at least in line with those at the end of the 2019-20 year.
- The mental health needs of pupils that have arisen as a result of the pandemic are met and supported by the school.
Catch Up at Southmead Primary School is:
(For all children)
- Working through well sequenced, purposeful learning schemes. For example, our Teaching and Learning Sequences for Writing are being adapted to focus on missed objectives and consolidate the basics. In Maths, we will utilise the White Rose Catch-Up Curriculum Scheme as our spine of learning and we have been able to use catch up premium to purchase adapted plans that have been purpose written for catch up.
- Focus on consolidation of basic skills. The core skills which enable successful learning will require increased curriculum time across all year groups. These include: handwriting, spelling of high frequency words, basic sentence punctuation, times tables recall, basic addition and subtraction fact recall and reading skills relevant to age.
- Additional lesson time on core teaching. Reading, Writing and Maths teaching will require increased teaching time in order to cover missed learning – particularly in the Autumn term. However, to maintain a broad and balanced curriculum, we will focus on cross-curricular lessons and some subject areas may be taught as blocked days rather than weekly lessons.
- Particular focus on Early Reading and Phonics. This is always a focus in the school and will continue to be so in order to develop children’s reading ability and vocabulary.
- Assessment of learning and of basic skills to identify significant gaps. Teachers will work to identify gaps in learning and adapt planning and teaching accordingly.
- Time spent on mental health, wellbeing and social skills development. This will be at the core of all catch up work as many children will have not been in formal school settings for a number of months.
(For some children)
- Additional support and focus on basic core skills. Supported by additional staffing utilising Catch Up Premium – dependent on need as identified through ongoing assessment.
- Additional time to practice basic skills. This again will be dependent on the needs of children in order to re-establish good progress in the essentials (Phonics and Reading, increasing Vocabulary, Writing and Mathematics) and there will be flexibility on timetables to allow this.
Catch up at Southmead 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.