Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium
What is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium?
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium is designed to support primary schools to ensure children catch up as a result of the coronavirus and disruption caused to their education.
For 2020-2021, the government has invested over £1 billion in funding to support children. The allocation of funding is calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to 6. 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.
What does Catch-up Programmes mean at St George's?
We believe that active, healthy learners will have positive attitudes towards themselves and their learning. We will work through a tiered approach to ensure that all pupils that have fallen behind are identified, have individual pathways, are supported and monitored.
This will be achieved through ‘quality first teaching’, accurate baseline and interim assessments, targeted academic support with wider strategies implemented. We believe one of the additional ways forward is to invest in IT and specific programmes to target these gaps. We have invested in TTRockstars and Numbots. The progress the children are making within these programs is excellent, as long as regular access to IT equipment is available and monitored. We are also investing in emotional support and have implemented Lego therapy and ELSA support to ensure the children are in a good place and ready to learn.
- All children will have learning pathways to ensure gaps arising from the impact of Covid-19 are filled.
- Purposeful, well-resourced interventions will take place in managed blocks and regularly reviewed.
- Effective home learning systems in place to ensure remote learning is effective.
- Staff will have access to fast, reliable equipment and this will ensure learning can take place in and out of school.
- The school’s IT infrastructure to be updated ensuring that all devices run smoothly and effectively within the classrooms.
- The school’s servers, data and systems are to be updated, protected and reliable.