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Covid19 Catch Up and Recovery

Covid19 Catch up Funding and Recovery Plans 


In June, a £1 billion fund for education was announced by the government.  Further guidance has now been released (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-catch-up-premium) showing that the money is split between a catch-up premium and a national tutoring scheme.


The catch-up premium is funded on a per pupil basis at £80 per pupil. This will be based on the previous year’s census, meaning we are predicting that St John's will be in receipt of approximately £25,000.  The spending of this money will be down to schools to allocate as they see best. To support schools 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 students.


There are two broad aims for “catch up” 

  • 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.
  • The mental health needs of pupils are met and supported by the school.


Therefore, the catch up funding will be used to:

  • Provide additional mental health resources where required.
  • Provide additional adult support to help identified children to make accelerated progress through targeted intervention to help fill gaps created as a result of the partial school closures.


Catch Up at St John's Primary School

All children will:

  • Work through well sequenced, purposeful learning schemes
  • Focus on consolidating basic skills. These include: handwriting, spelling of high frequency words, basic sentence punctuation, times tables recall, basic addition & subtraction fact recall and reading skills relevant to age. We will also be ensuring that children have an opportunity to develop their writing stamina. 
  • Provided with additional opportunities to practise their basic core subject skills through the learning in the foundation subjects;
  • Received focused early reading and phonics teaching. This is always a focus in the school and will continue to be so in order to develop children’s reading ability and vocabulary. Following an assessment of the sounds they remember, year 2 children will receive well planned lessons to enable them to revise their sounds ready for the rescheduled phonics assessment before the end of term.
  • Be regularly assessed as part of our daily assessment for learning. Teachers will work to identify gaps in learning and adapt teaching accordingly. This will involve revisiting the learning from the previous year before moving onto the learning required for this year. Children will be formally assessed in week 3 of the Autumn term and this information will be used to determine which children are 'off track' to make their expected progress.
  • Time spent on mental health, wellbeing and social skills development. This will be at the core of all catch up work as many children will have not been in formal school setting for a number of months. All children's PSHE focus for the Autumn term will be mental health. 


In addition, some children will:

  • Receive additional support and focus on basic core skills. Supported by additional staffing utilising catch up premium. This will be dependent on need as identified through ongoing assessment.
  • Additional time to practice basic skills. This again will be dependent on need of children in order to re-establish good progress in the essentials (phonics and reading, increasing vocabulary, writing and mathematics) and there will be flexibility on timetables to allow this.


Our Covid19 Premium financial plan can be found here.