Covid-19 Catch-Up Premium
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Catch-Up Premium
The government is providing funding to cover a one-off universal catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year which aims to support pupils to catch up for lost learning so schools can meet the curriculum expectations for the next academic year.
At St John’s we are spending the funding on staffing and resources for small groups and individual support which is the most effective way for our pupils.
We receive a total of £80 per pupil, as follows:
- In 3 instalments - in autumn 2020, 'early 2021' and summer 2021
- a total of £46.67 per pupil split across payments 1 and 2
- £33.33 per pupil for payment 3
Per pupil numbers for each instalment will be based on the latest available data. For the payment in 'early 2021', this is the pupil headcount from the October 2020 census, ie 211 pupils.
Although we receive funding on a per pupil basis, we are using the sum available as a single total to prioritise support. There are no specific requirements for who to spend it on. We have identified pupils that will benefit most from the funding.
At St John’s Catholic Primary School, we have used the catch-up premium to:
- Purchase curriculum resources and materials that support pupils to get “back on track”, e.g. English, Maths support books;
- Purchase additional resources for staff to work with individuals and small targeted groups and ‘model’ learning, e.g. whiteboards, textbooks, visualisers;
- Improve remote education, e.g. Big Cat Phonics e-books, visualisers, Seesaw, setting up MSTeams;
- Provide small group tuition and/or 1:1 tuition, e.g. phonics, reading, maths, grammar
- Fund an additional teaching assistant to develop the outcomes of children in the Reception class;
- Fund additional teaching assistants to develop outcomes of children in KS1 who have been identified as needing to ‘catch up’ in their learning;
- Fund additional teaching assistants to develop outcomes of children in KS2 who have been identified as needing to ‘catch up’ in their learning;
- Fund additional teachers to develop the outcomes of children who have been identified as needing to ‘catch up’ in their learning
We are held to account for how we use the catch-up premium funding in 2 ways:
1. Governor oversight
The governors scrutinise the plans for, and the use of, the catch-up funding. They consider whether we are:
- Spending the funding in line with the school's catch-up priorities
- Being transparent with parents on the use of the funding
2. Ofsted visits
- As part of the quality of education judgement, Ofsted would look at how we are using the catch-up funding to make sure the curriculum has a positive impact on all pupils