Covid Catch-Up Funding
The Government has announced a £1 billion fund for education, split between a catch-up premium and a national tutoring scheme, to address the learning loss due to Covid-19. (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-catch-up-premium)
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. The spending of this money will be down to schools to allocate as they see best.
Our Post Covid Catch Up Strategy:
This coming academic year will be different to any other year. We cannot simply pick up where we left off, nor can we rely on past plans, or ‘off the shelf’ planning. We may have to review, audit and adapt our planning on many occasions.
We will work together to ensure that children are happy, settled, secure and helped to learn and make progress from their individual starting points. We are committed to ensuring that school life returns to as close to ‘normal’ for our children as possible.
We expect that the curriculum that we had planned for this year will be in place, un-adapted, and in full from September 2021.
The principles at the heart of our strategy are:
- ·The prioritisation of children and staff’s mental and emotional wellbeing, including the opportunity to exert themselves physically.
- Ensuring that children from disadvantaged backgrounds are prioritised for all interventions and support as are likely to have been more affected particularly severely by closures and may need more support to return to school and settle back into school life.
- Focussing on re-socialisation into school routines and the re-establishment of speaking and listening skills.
- That if children have forgotten aspects of the foundations of Reading, Writing or Maths already covered; then opportunities for re-teaching and practising this content, to regain momentum in reading and phonics will be provided.
- Ensuring we offer every child an outstanding and exciting curriculum in all subjects.
You can download the plan in full below.