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Catch up premium.

The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This includes a one-off universal £650million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.

Schools’ allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to 11. Though funding has been calculated on a per pupil or per place basis, schools should use the sum available to them as a single total from which to prioritise support for pupils according to their need.

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.

Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.

How are we spending our Catch Up Funding?

Total Funding = £15,120

The EEF COVID-19 SUPPORT GUIDE FOR SCHOOLS highlights key areas to focus upon when allocating the Catch Up Premium Funding.

In line with this guidance, we have chosen to use our catch up funding to allow for extra support across the school in order to target individual children who may need support with reading, writing and maths in order to catch up with their peers. These children have been identified by class teachers using a range of assessments, and short sessions are planned throughout the day based on individual or small group needs.

Cost: £16,405

As well as this, we have identified reading comprehension as an area that some children are finding more difficult on their return to school. In order to address this need, we have subscribed to the Literacy Shed. This gives us access to high quality whole class reading resources, focusing on comprehension.

Cost: £156

How will we measure success?

Interventions are well planned and time related. Regular formative assessments take place in order to assess how children are progressing towards their goals and new targets are set when needed.  Summative assessments are completed by all children at the end of term in order to track progress and identify any extra children who may need support.

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