COVID-19 Catch-Up Grant Statement

What is it?

The government is providing funding to cover a one-off universal catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year. It aims to support pupils to catch up for lost learning so schools can meet the curriculum expectations for the next academic year. Schools are able to spend the funding in the most effective way for your pupils, which could include accessing the National Tutoring Programme – another part of the government’s £1 billion catch-up package.


Who is eligible?

This universal catch-up premium funding will be available for:

  • Primary, middle, secondary and all through local authority-maintained schools, academies and free schools
  • Local authority-maintained special schools
  • Special academies and free schools
  • Special schools not maintained by a local authority
  • Independent special schools – local authorities will receive funding for pupils with education, health and care (EHC) plans, based on the number of such pupils in the area
  • Pupil referral units (PRUs)
  • Alternative provision (AP) academies and free schools
  • Local authority-maintained hospital schools and academies


How and when will funding be allocated?

Mainstream schools will receive a total of £80 per pupil (for reception through to year 11), in 3 installments – in Autumn 2020, ‘early 2021’ and Summer 2021. Schools have received the first payment. Each school gets a total of £46.67 per pupil split across payments 1 and 2. Schools get £33.33 per pupil for payment 3

Per pupil numbers for each installment will be based on the latest available data. For the payment in ‘early 2021′, this’ll be schools’ 4-15 pupil headcount from the October 2020 census.


How should schools spend the funding?

It is up to schools to decide which pupils need to access the support. Although we’ll receive funding on a per pupil basis, we should use the sum available to us as a single total to prioritise support. There are no specific requirements for who to spend it on. Identify pupils that will benefit most from the funding – see article to find out which pupil groups this may include.

The DfE recommends the following activities:

  • Small group or 1-to-1 tuition (particularly through the National Tutoring Programme – see the section below for details)
  • Extra teaching capacity or summer programmes
  • The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has guidance on catch-up approaches schools could choose, as well as a planning guide to help you implement these catch-up strategies in this 2020/21 academic year.


How we will be spending the funding…

Teaching and whole school strategies
Targeted approaches
Wider strategies
-The hire of 8 marquees to increase the capacity of outdoor covered spaces.
-The purchase of 100 picnic benches to increase seating capacity.
-Sanitiser stations in each room together with cleaning products to clean desks, chairs and equipment between lessons.
-The one-way system has required 150 barriers to separate areas.
-The compulsory wearing of masks has required the purchase of disposable masks.
Chromebook Scheme:
-The purchase of Chromebook leases for all pupils in years 7,8 and 9.
-These will support our digital and blended learning strategy.
-The redeployment of leadership capacity to target digital and home learning in the event of self-isolation or partial lockdown
-Auditing device availability and offering solutions to families in need
-Creating resources to support families in understanding remote learning and processes
-Providing support, guidance and training staff on how to use technology effectively; creating resources and tools for staff to self-learn
-Day time cleaners to keep ‘high use’ areas clean and sanitised
Supporting great teaching:
-Opportunities for professional development. To date have funded LAT middle leader course for two colleagues; cognitive load training for CLT and NPQ programmes for three colleagues. PD every week.
-Visualisers for all departments to support modelling and live marking
-Whiteboards and pens for all pupils to support chorale questioning
Small group tuition:
-Small group interventions by subject specialists following data collection.
-Maths specific small group intervention in year 11
Supporting parents and carers:
-literacy programme to offer advice on reading and resources available
-All work paced on the ‘google classroom’ so that parents can access work
-All Knowledge Organisers are being printed out in booklet form so that parents have access to support their pupils
Pupil assessment and feedback:
-Knowledge Organisers
-Knowledge Checks
-Online departmental mark books
Intervention programme:
-Academy literacy programme including recruitment of qualified practitioner to lead this.
Myon; Accelerated Reader; Reading Plus (online for reading ages below); Catapault (extract based, focus on word level and inference-more whole class reading skills in library lessons); Hearts for Learning Fluency Project (8 week intensive project 2x 20min session each week learning how to read and different sounds)
-The creation of centralised tracking programme (using Star Reader termly test and KS2) to measure work and impact including Miscue Analysis
– Academy numeracy programme including the appointment of two maths graduates to support numeracy
School holiday support:
-Tracking and targeting particularly from children from disadvantaged families.
-Staffing small group holiday intervention sessions including the introduction of live learning
Transition and SEN support:
-pupil profiles for all SEN E and SEN K pupils
-training for SEN teachers during lockdown
– transition
-The appoinment of two additional LSAs, with a degree in Mathematics, to not only support our SEN opupils but to support all pupils who have fallen behind in maths.