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 £47,440 during the academic year.
Using catch-up funding
Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their 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.
While schools can use their funding in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances, they are expected to use this funding for specific activities which will help pupils catch up on missed education.
To support schools to make the best use of this funding, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published a coronavirus (COVID-19) support guide for schools with evidence-based approaches to catch up for all students. 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 Year 1 and 2 - 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).