As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government announced in September 2020 that each school would be given a grant to be used to support children catch up on the knowledge and skills that they have lost due to the pandemic lockdown. Please keep reading to discover how Bailey’s Court Primary School will be using that money.
What is the COVID-19 Catch Up premium?
Please see the following guidance for a more detailed update: Catch Up Premium
Bailey’s Court Primary School is going to receive funds from the government: “Schools’ allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to 11.”
“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.
Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.”
In their guide for how to use the funds, the EEF recommend that 1:1 tuition and/or small group interventions is a highly effective
SLT have looked across the school and Identified the key areas to support pupil progress (see below). To ensure that as many pupils benefit from this funding as possible, we have decided to spread the support across these three areas.
SLT recognise, from data analysis, book scrutinies and discussions with teachers that there is a need to support all children through this funding. Emphasis will be placed on those children:
– Just above SEND who have fallen behind in their learning in an attempt to get them to reach the ‘met standard’ by the end of the year
– Whose data from previous years that show that there is an expectation that they should reach greater depth at the end of each year SEND children will continue with the high level of support provided by our team of teaching assistants It has been decided to spend the money on paying for a quality teacher to work with each year group for three mornings a week across 35 weeks of the year. They will provide support for Reading, Writing, Phonics and Maths.
-Tutors to work with small groups and 1 to 1
-Groups to be flexible and responsive to current needs
–Responsive to needs from latest pieces of work
-Tutors to work on main skills which will move children on to next level e.g. how revise, vary sentence structure, precision of vocabulary, 4 operations etc
-Tutors should not be teaching what the teacher is teaching in the classroom
-Tutors can work with a multitude of different groups during one day
-Teachers to provide focus for work – Tutors responsible for planning, marking and feeding back
-The SLT will monitor the impact of the tutoring through discussions with children, teachers and tutors on an ongoing basis. The first major review will take place on at the end of Term 1 and feedback will be given to staff.
-Further major reviews will take place at the end of Terms 2 and 4 when whole school assessment data is reviewed
-Impact will be shared with Governors at S and C meetings throughout the year