COVID Catch-Up Premium 2020 – 21
What is it?
In the summer term of 2020 the Government announced that they would be increasing school funding by £1billion in order to start to address the large gap in schooling that the majority of learners had experienced. This was to be split into £350million for a National Tutoring Service that schools could seek access to for those learners most impacted upon and £650million as “Catch-up” funding.
The “Catch-Up” funding £650 million was to be spent supporting schools to enable all learners – particularly disadvantaged, SEND and vulnerable learners – to have the chance to catch up on learning missed during the pandemic.
The government also released a document entitled “Covid-19 support guide for schools” produced by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to provide some ideas on best practise for schools to maximise the impact of this funding.
How the catch-up funding is allocated.
On an individual school level this funding amounted to £80 per learner. Due to the increased vulnerability and consequently the more complex nature of the needs of the majority of learners attending alternative provision, the funding in AP is £240 per learner.
How we already tackle disrupted learning for those referred to us.
We have extensive experience of providing education for learners who have disrupted schooling, with a high proportion of learners having missed large chunks of education. One strategy we use to address this (and a common use of pupil premium funding) is to provide one to one intervention as well as small group sizes to re-engage learners with their learning and positively impact on their self-esteem and progress.
Another strategy we have embedded is the use of remote learning which provides learners who are unable to attend onsite learning for a variety of reasons with access to live online teaching. We have expanded this so that all leaners have access to our remote learning offer which maintains their onsite curriculum in a virtual environment. To do this we need to ensure that learners have an appropriate device and an internet connection. Many families have multiple school-aged children and shared or old devices. Internet access is less of an issue but still a challenge in several circumstances. Home support is vital to successful home learning with many parents and carers lacking the knowledge and skills required to offer the level of support that is required.
How we are using the funding.
At Three Towers, we have developed a catch-up plan which identifies how we have allocated the funding and how we hope to support our learners to make progress by the end of the academic year. As we accept new referrals throughout the year, we also retain a sum of unallocated money as a contingency to address the needs of the these learners who arrive weekly.
Our catch-up plan is available here.
This progress is reported on termly to our governors and our Trustees