What is the COVID-19 Catch-Up Premium?

The Government COVID-19 catch-up premium has been established to mitigate the effects of the unique disruption caused by coronavirus.

Department of Education statement:

‘Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support pupils to catch up for lost teaching time over the previous months.  To support schools to make the best use of the funding, the EEF has published a support guide: School Planning Guide 2021 | Education Endowment Foundation | EEF’

How much COVID-19 Catch-Up Funding will we receive?

The catch-up premium is funded on a per pupil basis at £80 per pupil (based on the number of children on roll in the most up-to date census information). The funding is allocated to schools in three tranche. In 2020-21 we received £78,639 for 982 children across the Trust.

How is funding allocated?

The COVID-19 Catch-up funding has been allocated to the following provision, but does not cover the total cost. The main aims for “catch-up” at all schools within the Trust are:

  • The mental health needs of pupils are well met and supported by the school.
  • Attainment outcomes at end of 2020-21 for all year groups will be at least in line with those at the end of 2019-20 and targeted groups will have made accelerated progress.

What are the potential issues identified as a result of the COVID-19 disruption to education? 
(Ofsted Covid-19 series: briefing on schools, October 2020)

  • Some children regressing in key skills due to lack of engagement with home learning
  • Loss of reading and writing stamina
  • Gaps in learning appearing due to periods of missed curriculum learning
  • Regression in communication and language skills
  • Social and emotional difficulties
  • Lack of targeted Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) support during the lockdown period

How have we spent this year's allocation and how have we measured the impact?

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