Covid Catch-up Premium: 2020/21

What is the Catch-up Premium?

In 2020 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 a one-off universal £650 million catch up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year. 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 aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial, and the scale of our response must match the scale of the challenge.

Schools’ allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to 6.

As the catch-up premium has been designed to mitigate the effects of the unique disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), the grant will only be available for the 2020 to 2021 academic year. It will not be added to schools’ baselines in calculating future years’ funding allocations.

Currently, the premium is worth £33,160 (based on £80 per pupil) and is to ensure that Calverley CE Primary has the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.

How can it be used?

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 guidance on curriculum expectations for the next academic year.  Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.

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. Schools should use this document to help them direct their additional funding in the most effective way.

The EEF advises the following:

  • Teaching and whole school strategies
  • Targeted approaches
  • Wider strategies

CALVERLEY CE PRIMARY SCHOOL COVID-19 CATCH-UP PREMIUM PLAN

SECTION 1: TEACHING & WHOLE SCHOOL STRATEGIES

DESIRED OUTCOME

STRATEGIES USED &ANTICIPATED COST

STAFF INVOLVED

OUTCOME

Majority of children catch up to National Expectations through Quality First Teaching

Purchase of White Rose Maths curriculum (c.£500)

All Staff

Effective assessment tracks progress of individuals accurately and carefully so that any gaps can be closed quickly

All classes from Years 2 to 6 to use PUMA, PIRA & GAPS Tests to record Standardised scores each term

(c.£400)

All staff

SECTION 2: TARGETED APPROACHES

Provision of additional classes to support catch-up for identified children

All classes to offer after school learning groups to identified children throughout the school year (c.£9,000)

All staff

Provision of intervention classes within the school day to ensure any gaps in learning are addressed in targeted groups

Allocation of an Assistant Headteacher time to work with targeted intervention groups  within the school day (c.£23,000)

JH

Use of a specialised assessment programme to closely monitor the progress of children with SEND and identify next steps

Purchase of B-Squared programme to identify specific next steps for children with SEND (£2,350)

JC (SENCO)

SECTION 3: WIDER STRATEGIES

To ensure all children can access on-line learning when isolating

Purchase of 10 Laptops (£3,200)

JH/Schools ICT