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Catch Up Premium

In July 2020, the government announced 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. The coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium funding is available for all state-funded mainstream and special schools, and alternative provision.  The allocations for each child in a primary school are:

  • £80 for each pupil aged 4 and over recorded in Reception to Year Group 11 in the October 2019 school census. This will be paid in instalments across the academic year.

It is likely that our funding will be around £13,600. 

As with all government funding, school leaders must be able to account for how this money is being used to achieve our central goal of schools getting back on track and teaching a normal curriculum as quickly as possible. Given their role in ensuring schools spend funding appropriately and in holding schools to account for educational performance, governors and trustees should scrutinise schools’ approaches to catch-up from September 2020, including their plans for and use of catch-up funding. This should include consideration of whether schools are spending this funding in line with their catch-up priorities and ensuring appropriate transparency for parents.

Following the latest Spring Term lockdown, we have revised our plans to include the effects of this school closure.

Please click here to read the government’s guidance.

We have decided that we would spend this grant over the course of the academic year to improve these areas identified in our current School Development Plan:

What we want to achieve with our CUP funding in 2020-21:

  1. Supporting great teaching: to improve outcomes for our children we have provided additional support via familiar Teaching Assistant across the school.
  2. Curriculum timetable reviewed following school closure to support children’s transition back into school e.g. extended ‘Ready to Learn’ time, altered enquiry planning to accommodate whole school PSHE focus.
  3. Children have access to the core curriculum (reading, writing, maths) that they have missed from the Summer Term 2020 and Spring Term 2021 due to COVID-19.
  4. Our provision impacts positively on children’s well-being and those children identified through Boxall assessments will be supported regularly in Nurture (TA employed for 6hr 40 mins in afternoons).
  5. Deliver immediate remote learning in the event of closure. See Remote Learning Policy on the panel on the side.
  6. Pupil Assessment: Autumn 2020 baseline assessments and end of Spring 2021 assessments carried out to determine how to most effectively support our children.
  7. Intervention Programs: identified children to access bespoke interventions (ERT, phonics, small-group work within lesson time).
  8. Access to technology: Children have access to high-quality texts at home via Bug Club (online reading programme) and where required tablets provided to support remote learning.
  9. Supporting Parents and Carers: providing extensive pastoral support for children and families through out the pandemic e.g. regular phone calls and email updates, door step visits, bespoke learning opportunities via online platforms.
  10. Transition support: on return from Spring 2021 lockdown, PSHE and wellbeing prioritised in curriculum and resources purchased to support children’s learning.

For further information please see our spending plan on the panel on the side.

We recognise that Government funding is due to change over the next 3 years. This is as follows:

  • 2020-21 Catch up premium [one off grant] plus Pupil Premium
  • 2021-22 Recovery Premium [one off grant] plus Pupil Premium [ new grant conditions apply]
  • 2022-23 Pupil Premium




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