Catch-up Premium 2020-21
The Government have announced a package worth £1 billion (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-catch-up-premium) to ensure that schools have the resources they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time, with extra support for those who need it most. £650 million will be spent on ensuring all pupils have the chance to catch up. This one-off grant funding will be paid to all state-funded primary, secondary and special schools in the 2020 to 2021 academic year.
At Bridekirk School, the headteacher and assistant headteacher, together with the class teachers, have observed, assessed and liaised with parents to identify pupils who will benefit from additional support to diminish gaps in their reading, writing and maths.
Pupils who have been impacted in a negative way with their wellness have also been identified with additional support, nurture and intervention.
The catch-up money is being used to fund an additional tutor to deliver a 1:1 maths intervention programme to the lowest 20% of children in each class from yr.2 - yr.6 as initial assessments showed a wider gap in maths than in reading. As well as this, it is being used to provide extra maths support in our primary one classroom. The grant has also enabled us to free up current experienced teaching assistants each week in every classroom.
A detailed timetable of support interventions has been devised and implemented. Leaders identified effective interventions, based on experience and research undertaken by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). The impact of these interventions is evaluated weekly and the timetable of support reviewed to ensure that we are accelerating academic progress and diminishing the difference between identified pupils and their peers.
The Recovery Premium 2021 - 22
The recovery premium provides additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year. Building on the pupil premium, this funding is to help schools deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting disadvantaged pupils.
Bridekirk School will receive a minimum payment that is referred to as a ‘floor’ payment to ensure that an eligible primary school will not receive less than £2,000.
This money is supplementing paying for an experienced TA to continue with the targeted maths programme seen to be so successful last year. Again, the programme is supporting the lowest 20% of children in school from Yrs. 2 - 6. The current assistant headteacher over sees the delivery of this programme, ensuring that the correct children are making progress and that needs are being met.
School-Led Tutoring Grant 2021-2022
School-Led Tutoring is part of the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) in 2021/22. Eligible state-funded schools will receive a ring-fenced grant to source their own tutoring provision for disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils who have missed the most education due to COVID-19. At Bridekirk Dovenby, we will receive funding for two pupils which totals £405. To this, school will add £135 to ensure 30hrs of tutoring (£18 / hr) in total.
We have decided to opt for the School-Led Tutoring route which offers flexibility for schools to identify their own tutors. Leaders have identified appropriate tutors with the skills and experience to deliver high-quality tuition to meet the needs of pupils. Teaching assistants will not deliver this tuition until they have successfully completed the training course.