Purpose of the Coronavirus Catch-Up Premium
In 2020/21, the government announced it will provide a per-pupil premium to all state funded schools to support pupils to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their education. The government states:
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.
While the pandemic caused us to make significant adjustments to organisational and logistical aspects of school life, we made the decision not to make substantive changes to our curriculum. Rather, we continue to ask our teachers to refine and deliver their curricula in line with both the school’s curriculum policy and their own subject-specific curriculum goals. We believe that our carefully sequenced, knowledge-rich curriculum and our focus on quality first teaching, will enable our pupils to catch up and, ultimately, excel. As a matter of policy, our school aims to support the mental health of pupils and address underachievement through our agreed approach and the generality of the school budget enhanced by pupil premium is used to maximise this.
At the same time, however, we recognise that some pupils will be impacted more than others by the lockdown and any subsequent COVID-related absence from school. Through our thorough assessment processes and knowledge of the pupils we work with, we have identified the following pupil groups as areas for additional action:
- Pupils currently in year 10 – who had only recently embarked on their GCSE courses
- Pupils currently in year 7 – who had only just transitioned to secondary school and, specifically, those who would previously have benefited from the Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up premium that has been discontinued
- Pupils in year 6 – who were preparing for transition
To support these children and young people, the school will draw on evidence from the DfE and EEF that shows that the following strategies are likely to be the best use of this additional resource:
- One to one and small group tuition
- Intervention programmes
- Extended school time
- Summer support
It is important to note that the coronavirus has had a significant impact on the emotional wellbeing of our pupils and their families. Our response to this challenge is documented in our SEMH Recovery Plan and is not funded using the Catch-Up Premium.