Ashley C of E Primary School

Catch-up funding

Action plan 2020-21

The government announced funding to support children to catch up lost time after school closure. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds. Ashley will have received £45,360 during the academic year.

We use this funding for specific activities to support pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the curriculum expectations for the next academic year in actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak.

To support schools to make the best use of this funding, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) published a coronavirus (COVID-19) support guide for schools with evidence-based approaches to catch up for all students, and a school planning guide: 2020 to 2021. Our plan for use of the funding is based on the EEF guidance.

Our particular issues identified from the lost time of closure (both March - July 2020, and January - March 2021) are:

  • Gaps in phonics knowledge in Y1 and Y2 - a large proportion of the phonics programme was not taught and the autumn check showed lower attainment than normal.
  • The lack of progress in writing in KS2, particularly in Y3 and Y4 - the September baseline assessment data show attainment was lower than the previous spring term's data.
  • Raised levels of anxiety amongst some pupils (and staff).

Ashley has used the funding to:

  • Provide a qualified teacher to work with small groups in Y1 and Y2 two days a week. During lockdown 3, this is providing invaluable support to our most vulnerable pupils.
  • Provide an additional teacher full-time for the summer term in Y3 & Y4 to support small groups of children, support teachers and support staff, and raise the profile of reading and writing at KS2.
  • Train three members of staff in Mental Health First Aid to support pupils and staff.
  • Provide increased Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) support to pupils.

The whole-school priorities for improvement for 2020-21 are:

  • Priority 1: Mental health & wellbeing and COVID-19 recovery
  • Priority 2: Develop Leadership and governance
  • Priority 3: Revise the curriculum at KS1/2, ensuring a broad and balanced curriculum celebrating both local and global contexts
  • Priority 4: Improve provision in EYFS]
  • Priority 5: Improve attainment in writing at KS1/2
  • Priority 6: Improve attainment in mathematics at KS1/2

The impact of the catch-up funding will be measured using internal pupil data at the end of the academic year and beyond (there are no accountability measures in summer 2021) and monitored by the school's leadership team and the local governing committee.

Our planning using the EEF School Planning Guide