Covid-19 Catch-up Plan and Funding Report
- Attainment outcomes at end of 2020-21 for all year groups will be at least in line with those at the point of lockdown in March. This means that if a child was working at an age-related expectation in a subject in March 2020, they are working least to at least an age-related expectation in the same subject by July 2021.
- By the end of the 2020-2021 year, attainment outcomes will be at least in line with those at the end of the 2019-2020 year.
- The vast majority of pupils will be on track to achieve their personal targets by the end of the Autumn Term. Additional targeted support and intervention during the Spring and Summer Terms will enable further pupils to reach their personal targets by the end of the year. A small percentage of pupils may require continued support into the 2021-2022 academic year.
- The mental health needs of pupils, including those arising as a result of the pandemic, are met and supported by the school.
Strategy Statement (updated March 2021)
At Barton St Lawrence CE Primary School, catch up is:
(For all children)
- Pastoral Support throughout the remaining weeks of the Spring Term. When pupils return to school, they may need support as they readjust to extended periods of learning and working to a timetable. Some pupils may also have Covid-related anxiety issues. Being at home for extended periods may have affected the emotional health and well-being of some pupils.
- Working through well sequenced, purposeful learning schemes. In literacy we are using the Lancashire Bridging Units, in maths we are using the Lancashire Plans and have used catch up premium to purchase “White Rose Maths”. “On Track Maths” is used to identify and plug gaps in pupils knowledge and understanding. Subject leaders have spent time identifying missed units in non-core subjects and have made plans for gaps in knowledge to be addressed as pupils move through school
- Focus on consolidation of basic skills. The core skills which enable successful learning will require increased curriculum time across all year groups. 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. Catch-up premium has been used to purchase computer packages and schemes to assist with this including Purple Mash and Rock Star Maths
- Additional lesson time on core teaching. Reading, writing and maths teaching was given increased teaching time during the Autumn Term to cover missed learning. Following the second school closure, this will now continue during the remaining three weeks of the Spring Term. Every child has accessed high quality teacher-led remote learning during the recent school closure. This has included daily marking and feedback from class teachers. We are therefore confident that the vast majority of pupils will have very little gaps in learning. In order to keep a broad and balanced curriculum, some subject areas will be taught as blocked days rather than weekly lessons.
- Particular focus on early reading and phonics. This is always a focus in the school and will continue to be so in order to develop reading ability and vocabulary.
- Assessment of learning and of basic skills to identify major gaps. Teachers will work to identify gaps in learning and adapt teaching accordingly.
- Time spent on mental health, wellbeing and social skills development. This will be at the core of all catch up work as many children have not been in a formal school setting for a number of months.
(For some children)
- Ongoing Pastoral Support. Some pupils will need support beyond the Spring Term or require more targeted intervention for specific anxieties. These children will be supported by trained personnel, either in house or as part of a bought-in service.
- Additional support and focus on basic core skills. Supported in class through increased staffing utilising catch up premium – 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 (phonics and reading, increasing vocabulary, writing and mathematics) and there will be flexibility on timetables to allow this. This will be completed in class and at home in short, frequent bursts, using ICT packages where possible – IDL for example.
- Targeted Intervention. This will be implemented by teachers and teaching assistants as we feel that children would make greater progress with a person who knows them well, know their gaps in learning and is able to provide regular support for rapid progress. Covid catch up funding to be allocated to providing enrichment for the whole class (music specialists, sports coaches, forest schools etc.) in order to free up school personnel. Staff will then work with pupils from their previous year group so that no child is missing the enrichment activities in their year group.
- Catch up on FUN! Lockdown has been particualry hard for chidlren, especially those who have no siblings. Throught the remainder of the school year, and in line with governments guidance and restriction, we aim to ensure that every child is able to catch up on fun. This will be done thorugh play, art and craft, additional music and sports sessions, forest schools and class visits.
At Barton St Lawrence CE Primary School, catch up is NOT:
- Cramming missed learning
- Pressuring children and families into rapid learning
- Teacher time spent highlighting missed objectives
- Teacher time spent ticking off assessment points and extra tracking
- Blanket revisiting of chunks of learning for whole cohorts of pupils
- A heavy focus on core subjects at the expense of a wide, varied, exciting curriculum
- Pupils feeling that they are missing out on “fun” activities whilst they catch up on missed learning.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) catch-up premium funding is available for all state-funded mainstream and special schools and alternative provision (AP) at rates of £80 per pupil for mainstream and £240 per place for special and AP.
Funding is provided in three tranches, two of which fall in the current financial year and amount to £46.67 per pupil for mainstream and £140 per place for special and AP. A further £33.33 per pupil to be paid during the Summer Term 2021.
Estimated funding included in this report is based on 189 pupils. Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, therefore it is assumed this funding will be fully spent.
Use of Funds
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. (See also EEF - School Planning Guide 2020-21)
Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.
Accountability and Monitoring
As with all government funding, school leaders must be able to account for how this money is being used to achieve the central goal of schools getting back on track and teaching a normal curriculum as quickly as possible.
Given their role in ensuring schools spend funding appropriately and in holding schools to account for educational performance, governors and trustees should scrutinise schools’ approaches to catch-up from September, including their plans for and use of catch-up funding. This should include consideration of whether schools are spending this funding in line with their catch-up priorities, and ensuring appropriate transparency for parents. (DfE guidance - Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium)