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. In 2020 the government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In March 2022 the DfE announced plans for The National Tutoring Programme (NTP) in 2022-23, with the aim to provide schools with funding to spend on targeted academic support. £349 million of core tutoring funding will be provided directly to schools over this next academic year with schools given the autonomy to decide how best to provide tutoring for their pupils.
There is an acceptance that the overwhelming majority, if not all pupils, were negatively affected in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have identified the following ‘COVID-19 specific’ issues still 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 NTP 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. This is why, alongside the school improvement plan for 2022/23, the NTP funding for targeted academic support will focus on closing gaps in year group expectations.
All children throughout the school were discussed in terms of academic and social and emotional progress. Appropriate intervention within school was put in place midway through autumn 1 and a plan carried forward to use the National Tutoring Programme with Year 3 pupils to close gaps from Year 2.
National Tutoring Strategy