COVID-19 Catch up Premium
Catch up Premium is additional funding provided by the Government to help mitigate the learning impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic. You can find details below of how Katherine Warington School intend to spend this additional funding.
What is Catch-up Funding?
Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit.
We know that we have the professional knowledge and expertise in the education system to ensure that children and young people recover and get back on track. Returning to normal educational routines as quickly as possible will be critical to our national recovery.
The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. 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.
School 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.
Katherine Warington School will receive £28,800 for the 2020/21 academic year.
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.
At Katherine Warington School we have carefully considered the areas that would most benefit from this additional funding. The key areas of focus are:
Literacy Intervention Specialist: Groups of students to receive additional Literacy Support delivered by a specialist tutor.
Small Group English and Maths Sessions: Additional Maths and English sessions will be delivered to those students identified as in greatest need.
Chromebooks: A Contribution towards Chromebooks for all students via the FreedomTech Scheme to reduce the cost for Parents.
Assessment: The school have purchased additional assessment resources to identify student levels and track progress.
Student Services: Students emotional needs have increased due to the pandemic and isolation of lockdown. Additional Student Councillor hours have been brought in to ensure everyone who needs to access this provision can.
Accountability and Monitoring
As with all government funding, school leaders must be able to account for how this money is being used to achieve the goal of schools getting back on track and teaching a normal curriculum as quickly as possible.
Katherine Warington School will be transparent in tracking and accounting for the funding. The COVID-19 Premium expenditure is monitored by Trustees.