Catch Up Funding 2020/21
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.
The funding received by St Joseph’s is £16,480 over 3 termly payments
School will use this funding for specific activities to support our pupils to catch up for lost teaching and learning over the previous months, in line with the guidance on curriculum expectations for the next academic year.
Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.
The Governing Body have approved the following plan for spending and will monitor the impact and effectiveness of the measures implemented throughout the course of the year using a range of strategies: Head Teacher Report; Subject Leader Report; summary of analysis of pupil standards; findings from formative assessment methods; summary analysis of any end of year summative assessment
- Supply staff support for Year 2 and Year 6 pupils, 3 mornings per week focusing on pupils catching up with their English and maths knowledge, skills and understanding, thus ensuring that they are well prepared for their next stage of education.
- Purchase of resources and staff training to support catch up of writing knowledge, skills and understanding for pupils from Year 1 to Year 6.
The effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of pupils at our school will be assessed:
- Reading analysed through regular termly assessments to ensure progress and children attaining – regular year group assessments. Reading age also assessed throughout the year to ensure progress is being made through the year.
- Mathematics assessed through regular termly assessments and identified children noted and assessments analysed
- Phonics assessments assessed throughout the autumn term after initial baselines – interventions put into place if the rate of progress is causing concern.
- Children identified and assessed (initial assessment) then throughout time of mentors sessions involvement
Support to be focussed for Spring term on working with Year 2 children to ensure they are ready for the next stage of their education.
As the funding formula has changed for this academic year we are seeking to employ an academic mentor through the mentoring scheme -1 academic mentor to work with focussed children who have been identified through the ongoing assessments.