Catch Up Funding Strategy 2020-22
Total Number of Pupils
Total Catch Up Funding
School Approach to Developing the Strategy
At Moorfield Primary School, we believe that all children are entitled to an education which allows every child to achieve their potential regardless of their starting point in life or personal circumstances. The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 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, 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.
There is an acceptance that the overwhelming majority, if not all pupils, will have been negatively affected in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have identified the following ‘COVID-19 specific’ issues affecting our pupils:
- Significant gaps in pupils’ skills and knowledge due to lack of daily teaching and daily practice.
- Pupils have missed significant experiences affecting their cultural capital and ability to make connections in their learning.
- Lack of engagement with home learning during school closure/self-isolation.
- Home environments lacking structure, routines and appropriate boundaries during school closure - affecting pupils’ behaviour for learning and mental health.
- Mental health/wellbeing issues affecting our pupils’ wellbeing and academic performance.
How is Catch Up Funding used at Moorfield Primary School?
At Moorfield, we believe that quality first teaching is crucial to ensuring our pupils catch up academically, are successful learners and are well prepared for the next stage in their education. That’s why, alongside the use of catch up funding for specific strategies and interventions, our Covid-19 Key Priorities are clear in our adapted school improvement plan 20/21 with the focus on:
- Leaders Priority – Recovery and Catch Up Curriculum
- Teachers Priority – Engaging and Inclusive Curriculum
- Learner Priority – Behaviours for Learning
Alongside an initial focus on pupil well-being, recovery and transition to a new year group, class teachers have focused on recommencing the teaching of the curriculum. In core subjects the early focus has been on assessing the impact of school closure on children’s attainment. Pupil Progress Meetings were held after October half term, involving the headteacher, SLT and class teachers. All children throughout the school were discussed in terms of academic and social and emotional progress. Appropriate intervention within school was put in place for autumn 2 and a plan carried forward to use the National Tutoring Programme from spring 1 onwards as a tool to meet need across the school.
Update Spring 2021 – Due to National Lockdown across the spring term the catch up programme will start in the summer term 2021 and continue into the autumn term 2021.