COVID19 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, meaning that St Mary's will be in receipt of £28,800. 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.
In July 2020 the school undertook an extensive review of our curriculum which involved:
- Identification of areas of the curriculum that had not been covered in the 2019-20 academic year
- How these gaps would affect children’s learning in the 2020-21 academic year
- In depth handover with receiving teachers as to the strengths and weaknesses of the cohort
- Review of subject leader action plans in order to assure close monitoring of progress in their subjects in light of the above
- Identification of further opportunities for children to apply their basic skills in Foundation Subjects
- Review of the RSHE curriculum to enable all pupils to focus on mental health in the Autumn term
There are two broad aims for “catch up”
- Attainment outcomes at end of 2020-21 for all year groups will be at least in line with those at the end of 2018-19.
- The mental health needs of pupils are met and supported by the school.
Therefore, the catch up funding will be used to:
- Provide additional mental health resources where required.
- Provide additional adult support to help identified children to make accelerated progress through targeted intervention to help fill gaps created as a result of the partial school closures.
- Purchase additional intervention programmes to further meet the needs of all children
Catch Up at St Mary’s Junior School
All children will:
- Work through well sequenced, purposeful series of lessons through our well-planned curriculum
- Focus on consolidating basic skills. These include: handwriting, spelling of high frequency words, basic sentence punctuation, times tables recall, basic addition & subtraction fact recall and reading skills relevant to age. We will also be ensuring that children have an opportunity to develop their writing stamina.
- Be provided with additional opportunities to practise their basic core subject skills through their learning in the foundation subjects;
- Receive focused extra reading teaching and additional phonics catch up. This is always a focus in the school and will continue to be so in order to develop children’s reading ability and vocabulary. Additional phonics will be put in for our Year 3 children, to enable them to catch-up from Year 2, with a particular focus on those children who did not pass their phonics test in Year 1.
- Be regularly assessed as part of our daily assessment for learning, which is part of our normal practise. Teachers will work to identify gaps in learning and adapt teaching accordingly. This will involve revisiting the learning from the previous year before moving onto the learning required for this year.
- 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 setting for a number of months. All children's RSHE focus for the Autumn term will include a focus on mental health.
In addition, some children will:
- Receive additional support and focus on basic core skills. Supported by additional staffing utilising catch up premium. This will be dependent on need as identified through ongoing assessment.
- Additional time to practice basic skills. This again will be dependent on need of children in order to re-establish good progress in the essentials (reading, increasing vocabulary, writing and mathematics) and there will be flexibility in the timetable to allow this.