Covid Catch-up Grant
The Government announced additional funding to ‘catch-up’ any students detrimentally affected by Academy closures and the impact of Covid-19. The focus will be on catching up on lost teaching and ensuring students are in line with curriculum expectations and make progress in line with Academy targets.
We reviewed the Education Endowment Foundation – Covid-19 Support Guide for Schools to allocate the catch-up premium effectively.
- Supporting great teaching – Great teaching is the most important lever schools have to improve outcomes for their pupils.
- Pupil assessment and feedback – Assessment can help teachers determine curriculum gaps and how to most effectively support their pupils. Every pupil will have been affected differently by Covid-19.
- Transition support – All pupils will need support to transition back to school. However, there are particular challenges for pupils starting a new school after the disruptions caused by Covid-19.
- One to one and small group tuition – There is extensive evidence supporting the impact of high quality one to one and small group tuition as a catch-up strategy
- Intervention programmes – In order to support pupils who have fallen behind furthest, structured interventions, which may also be delivered one to one or in small groups, are likely to be necessary.
- Extended school time – In some cases, schools may consider extending the length of the school day; for example, to provide additional academic or pastoral support to particular pupils after school.
- Supporting parents and carers – Parents have played a key role in supporting children to learn at home and it will be essential that schools and families continue to work together as pupils return to school.
- Access to technology – Pupils’ access to technology has been an important factor affecting the extent to which they can learn effectively at home. In particular, lack of access to technology has been a barrier for many disadvantaged children.
- Summer support – Summer programmes can benefit pupils socially and academically, helping to ensure that they return to school ready to learn.
Summer School 2021
The Government provided funding for schools to run Summer Schools during the Summer Holidays of 2021.
The aim of the Summer School Programme was to deliver a blend of academic education and enrichment activities. Below outlines how we spent the allocated funding.