COVID Catch-up Funding
What is Catch-up funding?
Pupils across the UK have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of the COVID-19. The Government has provided £1 billion of funding to ensure that schools have the support they need to help pupils catch up with their education.
It is important that we take appropriate steps to ensure that we support our pupils in catching up with their education. We recognise those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds have been amongst those hardest hit. The impact of lost time in education has been substantial and we have implemented the following teaching and whole school strategies:
We believe that quality teaching is the most effective way of supporting our pupils to reach their potential.
Pupil assessment and feedback
Subject-specific assessments in Reading, Writing and Maths have been used to identify particular areas where pupils have forgotten or misunderstood key concepts; this is to ensure that new material being covered builds on secure foundations. These assessments have also been used to identify pupils who would benefit from additional catch-up support.
- 1-1 and small group tuition – Dedicated staff to deliver both academic and pastoral catch-up have been deployed. In addition, we have increased the size of our Pastoral Team who are supporting the pupil’s emotional needs (School Counsellor, newly appointed Pastoral Leads) in the form of 1-1 time with a dedicated adult, small group sessions and outdoor learning
- Intervention programmes – structured interventions, delivered by the class teacher or LSA/HTLA are used to support pupils who have fallen behind the furthest.
The Pastoral Leads provide regular and supportive communications with Parents/Carers, especially to increase attendance and engagement with learning.
Access to technology
To support learning, technology is more important than ever, especially in the event of lockdowns or isolation. Laptops are available to the most disadvantaged families with our school community to ensure that pupils continue to have access to learning.
To view the Catch-up Statement, click on the link below: