Narrowing the Gap – Including allocation of DfE catch-up funding
The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up.
Schools’ allocations are calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for every pupil from reception through to Y6. This means we will receive approx: £21,120 this year to help us support our pupils.
Schools need to use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months. Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances. To support us 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 all pupils. We have considered this when planning our approach for the use of this funding.
The barriers we need to address to help pupils catch up
- Ensure pupils are in school every day to learn.
- Supporting pupil’s emotional wellbeing.
- Supporting pupils to re-establish behaviours for learning.
- Re-engaging pupils in the curriculum and learning.
- Re-establish positive relationships.
- No device/internet access to access digital remote learning.
What we plan to do (CF – Catch-Up Funding used)
- Monitor and address pupil attendance and absence. (Pupil Premium funding)
- As a school developing the ‘THRIVE’ approach we will be using the approach to support all pupils emotional and social wellbeing. (Pupil Premium funding)
- Providing emotional support / intervention for identified pupils – building resilience and confidence – within school hours and after school. (CF)
- Provide a device, 4G dongle or free data for home use to support remote learning where identified. (CF)
- Re-establish Microsoft Teams early on for homework and home-school learning in the event of self-isolation / lockdown. (CF)
- Develop inclusive classrooms in order to engage and support all pupils including SEND. Professional development provided to staff from Education Psychologist. (CF)
- Professional development for all staff (Reception to Year 6) linked explicitly to the wellbeing of children. (Pupil Premium funding)
- Daily phonics taught in Year 3 and 4 (as well as Early Years and KS1).
- Partnership work with English Hub – focus on phonics teaching and early reading.
- Purchasing of more decodable reading books to support reading development including reading at home. (CF)
- Regular 1 to 1 reading within school for all pupils; more regular opportunities for identified pupils.
- Y2 & Key Stage 2 pupils to have access to ‘MyOn online to support and accelerate progress in reading both at school and home. (CF)
- Targeted English and Maths support through dedicated curriculum time.
- Develop teacher’s use of assessment for learning – identify gaps in learning and meet pupil’s needs in order to accelerate progress. Professional development provided to support. (CF)
- Opportunities for regular retrieval of knowledge and skills linked to prior learning – supporting links with new learning.
How we will check that our plan is making a difference
- Establishing baselines in learning.
- Pupil progress meetings / discussions with class teachers and TAs.
- Regular monitoring of teaching and learning and pupils work.
- Talking to pupils.
- Tracking of pupil progress data.
- Progress / outcomes from interventions.
- Surveys to capture the views of parents/carers and staff.