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 and will not include Nursery numbers, meaning Seymour Park Community Primary School will be in receipt of £47, 360 (592 x£80)
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 (EEF’s COVID-19 support guide for schools). At Seymour Park Community Primary School, we have used this tiered model to inform our approach to allocating catch-up premium funding.
- All children will be reengaged in school life; learning and thriving.
- Attainment outcomes and progress projections at end of 2020-21 for all year groups in all subjects will be at least in line with those at the point of lockdown in March 2020. This means that if a child was working at an age-related expectation in a subject in March they are working at least to an age-related expectation in that same subject by the end of the year.
- Any specific mental health needs of pupils that have arisen as a result of the pandemic are successfully supported by the school.
Our approach will be based on our individual children’s needs and rooted in the high-expectations we have for all our children. We will take a forward-looking, long-term view to any potential learning deficits and prioritise support for children most disadvantaged by the pandemic. We will use the term recovery not catch-up. Using the EEF tiered model, our approach will be primarily rooted in quality first teaching for all children with high quality targeted support where necessary and wider whole-school strategies.