The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children to catch up as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020-2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time. Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months and have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their children and circumstances.
At Chorlton Park Primary School, our Catch Up Premium allocation plans to ensure children catch up on any lost learning time and potential gaps in knowledge. This plan will focus on quality first teaching, teachers delivering quality tutoring that is linked to the learning in the classroom, specific year group interventions, classroom intervention and small group targeted support with the child’s health and well-being at the centre of all we do.
Leaders in school have been following best practice guidance documents and approaches published by the Department of Education (DfE) and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) 'tiered approach' model to ensure the additional funding is directed in the most effective way. Approaches taken by the school will be driven by our detailed knowledge of our children’s current attainment and will draw upon evidence-based approaches that are proven to have a positive impact on closing gaps.