Coronovirus (COVID-19) Catch-up and School-led tutoring fund.
Children across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). The government recognise this and there was a £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year. This year we have received £6000 so far (Recovery fund and School-led tutoring fund).
Our school received £16,080 ( £80 for each pupil in years Reception through to 11).
The government want us to use this funding for specific activities to support our children to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months.
We have used the research available to use from the Education Endowment Foundation (coronavirus (COVID-19) support guide for schools) and our knowledge and experience to spend the funding as follows:
- Small group or one-to-one support
- Summer programmes to help re-engage pupils or extra teaching capacity from September
- We appointed a Covid Catch-up leader
We identified children who had fallen behind over the last few months. We did this by using the teachers’ expertise and knowledge of their children, prior attainment and informal assessment.
Once teachers had identified pupils, the target teacher planned activities that were aimed at addressing each child’s needs. Regular contact between the class teacher, the target teacher and the Catch-up premium leader is ensuring that pupils are targeted only when needed. Groups of pupils change as often as required and is reactive to each child’s response.
Our very experienced PPA teachers are not allowed to move from bubble to bubble so that we minimise the risk of spreading the virus. They therefore are utilised as catch up teachers, providing one to one tuition. Additional funding has been allocated to ensure all staff and children have headphones, microphones, a laptop station and are adequately trained.
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