Catch-up Premium Strategy 2020-21
Following school closure in March 2020, the Government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This included a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.
The universal catch-up premium funding is available for all state-funded mainstream and special schools, and alternative provision.
Funding has been allocated on a per-pupil basis, providing the equivalent of £80 for each pupil in years Reception through to 6.
Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.
Context & background information
Baseline Data – October 2020
The main reason for collecting data at this time is to find out which pupils who have fallen behind in their learning due to the school closure during the Coronavirus pandemic
Identifying gaps across the curriculum
- A document was created by our maths lead, providing an overview for the staff of all topics that were missed and those taught virtually last academic year. This was broken down into the National curriculum objectives
- As a school, we elected to continue with White Rose as they had identified all missed learning, based on the Power Maths scheme of work and incorporated it into a series of lesson plans. These are clearly highlighted in plans so teachers can adapt these recap lessons as needed depending on the understanding of the class.
- In July teachers were asked to identify missed lessons, gaps created and areas that needed consolidating due to lockdown. This information was collated for each year and passed to the next class teacher to inform their planning for the start of term. The focus for each year group for the start of the year has been on structuring cohesive sentences, using accurate punctuation and the development of handwriting.
- Our Science coordinator tracked the topics that were missed or partially taught due to lockdown. An analysis of the missed knowledge and skills has been highlighted for future planning.
Teachers also embraced and delivered a ‘Recovery Curriculum’ which largely focused on the holistic care, well-being and re-engagement of the children while covering 5 main themes (relationships, community, resilience, metacognition and space-to be). This was delivered alongside our regular PSHE curriculum.
The Pupil Progress meetings have been increased in frequency, in the first instance to establish children’s levels, progress and engagement with online learning and any specific requirements.
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