What is the Coronavirus Catch-up Premium fund?
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. The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial, and the scale of our response must match the scale of the challenge.
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. Although all children have had their education disrupted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it is likely that disadvantaged and vulnerable groups will have been hardest hit.
As a school we will receive £18000 funding. CCI will be using the money provided by the government to employ two teachers who will be working alongside Y1 and Y2 classes, this will support children who may otherwise not be able to reach their end of year target due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Alongside this we have also employed a reading assistant who will also be working across Key Stage 1 with specific children.
How will we measure the effectiveness of the Catch-up Premium?
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.
The effect of the Catch Up Premium expenditure will be measured through termly teacher assessments that will be recorded in our school data tracking system with the expectation that those children receiving the Catch-Up intervention sessions will reach the expected standard for their year group.