Principle of the Covid Catch-up premium funding
For 2020/21, the DfE (Department for Education) has allocated £650 million to be spent on ensuring all pupils have the chance to catch up and supporting schools to enable them to do so. Whilst headteachers will decide how the money is spent, the Education Endowment Foundation has published guidance on effective interventions to support schools. For pupils with complex needs, schools should spend this funding on catch-up support to address their individual needs.
There is also an allocation of £350 million for a National Tutoring Programme, intended to deliver proven and successful tuition to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable young people.
Kettlethorpe High School received £129,000 in Covid Catch-up Premium funding in September 2020 based on number of pupils on roll in Years 7-11 (1,614).
Full details on how the school plans to allocate the funding can be found in our Covid Catch-up Policy.
Identifying and supporting Catch-up Premium pupils
Issues identified from September 2020 as barriers to learning are:
- A. Literacy skills: tutor or regular class reading has not been taking place to the full extent since March 2020
- B. Ensuring all pupils can access online learning at home
- C. Gaps in curriculum as identified by each subject leader
- D. Gaps in knowledge that have appeared between March and July 2020 (as identified through assessment in Term 1)
- E. Ensuring our SEND (Special Education Needs and Disability) students are making social, emotional, and academic progress following the lockdown period
- F. Understanding T&L strategies within the ‘new normal’ way of teaching
- G. Gaps in ‘careers and further education’ advice and guidance
- H. Understanding the ability of our new Year 7 intake without SATS scores
- I. Maintaining a high attendance % for all pupils is a priority
- J. Well-being: Students adjusting to the new school routines and structures
- K. Well-being: Concerns around anxiety and safeguarding issues following the lockdown period
- L. Ensuring parental engagement levels are maintained during the ‘virtual meeting’ era