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COVID Catch Up Fund

In June 2020, a £1 billion fund for education was announced by the government. Further guidance has been released showing that the money is split between a catch-up premium and a national tutoring scheme.

 

The catch-up premium is funded on a per pupil basis at £80 per pupil. This will be based on the previous year's census, meaning we are predicted to be in receipt of £16,560 (207 pupils x £80 per pupil). The spending of this money will be down to schools to allocate as they see best. To support schools to make the best use of this funding, the Education Endowment Foundation has published a support guide for schools with evidence-based approaches to catch up for students.

At Crampton, this money will be used in order to provide:

  • Curriculum resources and materials that support 'Catch Up'
  • Additional staff time to develop the outcomes of children who have been identified as needing 'Catch Up' learning.

 

Catch Up at Crampton is:

 

Focus on consolidation of basic skills.

The core skills which enable successful learning will require increased curriculum time across years 2, 5 & 6. These include: handwriting, spelling of high frequency words, basic sentence punctuation, times tables recall, basic addition and subtraction fact recall and reading skills relevant to age.

 

Additional lesson time on core teaching.

Reading, writing and maths teaching will require increased teaching time in order to cover missed learning - particularly in the autumn term.

 

Particular focus on reading and phonics.

This is always a focus in the school and will continue to be so in order to develop children's reading ability and vocabulary.

 

Assessment of learning and of basic skills to identify major gaps.

Teachers will work to identify gaps in learning and adapt accordingly.

 

Time spent on mental health, wellbeing and social skills development.

This will be at the core of all catch up work as many children will have not been in a formal school setting for a number of months.

 

Catch up at Crampton is not:

  • Cramming missed learning
  • pressuring children and families into rapid learning
  • Teachers time spent highlighting missed objectives
  • Teachers time spent ticking off assessment points and extra tracking
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