Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit.
The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This includes 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.
Our allocation has been calculated on a per pupil basis, providing us with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to Year 6.
For the academic year 2020-2021 Newlands Primary School will receive £31,840 Catch-Up Premium.
How are we using our Catch-up funding at Newlands Primary?
We will use the Catch Up Premium as a single total to fund specific activities to support all children to catch up on missed education since March 2020. The funding will not be used on a per pupil basis, as some children need more support and others less. The funding will be prioritised where the evidence suggests it is needed most.
The school will develop and implement plans and evaluate the impact of the Catch up Premium
The school is using additional to the funding on top of the Catch up Premium to ensure that children are where they should be by the end of summer 2021.
What are the barriers to overcome?
- Working below expected in reading, writing or maths with gaps in understanding, due to lockdown or repeated self-isolation which is limiting progress
- Emotional and mental health needs of the child and wider family
- Attendance and punctuality
- Limited engagement in home learning when self-isolating
- Lack of IT devices at home to support home learning