What is the Coronavirus Catch-up Premium fund?
Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit. The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial, and the scale of our response must match the scale of the challenge.
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. Although all children have had their education disrupted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it is likely that disadvantaged and vulnerable groups will have been hardest hit.
Bromley Heath Infant School Focus for Coronavirus Catch Up
As a school we are focusing on supporting our pupils
- Mental health and well being
- Through a recovery curriculum at the start of the year
- Targeted PHSE sessions , consistent programme throughout the school
- A variety of support programmes child specific some with our use of ELSA practitioner
- Real focus on our school values to raise pupil’s engagement with learning
- Revisit school’s positive behavior policy to ensure consistency and high quality to support for all pupils at all times
- Individual and pupil attainment
- Training of all staff on the teaching of phonics to ensure all children have high quality first teaching.
- Additional high quality teaching assistant time running intervention groups and 1:1 support sessions
How are we using the Coronavirus Catch-up Premium?
As a school we will receive £14,400 funding. BHIS will be using the money provided by the government to employ two higher level teaching assistants who will be working alongside Y1 and Y2 classes, this will mainly be used to support children with their phonics and early reading skills which were missed during the National Lockdown.
How will we measure the effectiveness of the Catch-up Premium?
As with all government funding, school leaders must be able to account for how this money is being used to achieve our central goal of schools getting back on track and teaching a normal curriculum as quickly as possible.
The effect of the Catch Up Premium expenditure will be measured through termly teacher assessments that will be recorded in our school data tracking system with the expectation that those children receiving the Catch-Up intervention sessions will reach the expected standard for their year group.
Our Coronavirus Catch-up Premium Spending Plan can be found here: Coronavirus Catch up premium spending plan
Paper copies of all documents can be obtainesd from the school office.