COVID-19 Catch Up Funding
The £650 million of universal catch-up premium funding is available for all state-funded mainstream primary schools.
Schools’ allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in year’s reception through to 11. So for Funtington Primary School, we anticipate receiving approximately £7520 for academic year 2020/21.
As the catch-up premium has been designed to mitigate the effects of the unique disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), the grant will only be available for the 2020 to 2021 academic year.
How are we using the funds?
At Funtington Primary School we are using our catch-up premium funding to release our class teachers to run catch-up intervention programmes in Reading, Writing and Maths for identified children in their classes.
In addition to this support, identified EYFS children are participating in the NELI Early Language Intervention programme to support their early language acquisition, and receiving extra targeted reading support to catch-up with their reading skills after lockdown.
A group of identified children in key stage 1 are undertaking a catch-up programme in Reading, Writing and Maths that also supports their listening skills, team work and social skills in order to improve learning in class.
Our school phonics leader is supporting specific, individual children in key stage 1 to catch-up with phonics knowledge through a catch-up phonic intervention.
A group of Year 4 children are involved in a maths intervention outside of the school day, with their class teacher, to ensure they are ready to progress to the next stage in their learning in September.
One of our teaching assistants delivered catch-up interventions in Reading for individuals and small groups of children in lower key stage 2 in the autumn term and in the summer term she is working with individual, identified children to catch-up in maths.
A group of Year 6 children are involved in a writing intervention and/or a maths intervention outside of the school day, with their class teacher, to ensure that they are well prepared for secondary school in these areas.
The specific activities to support these pupils are designed to catch-up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the guidance on curriculum expectations for the next academic year, in reading, phonics, spelling or mathematics.
Progress will be regularly monitored with a formal review at the end of the summer term to decide where further support and intervention will be needed in the autumn.