Coronavirus (COVID-19) Catch-Up Premium
On 20th March 2020, schools closed to all children except those of key workers and vulnerable children. Only eligible key worker children attended Stretham Community Primary School until the 1st June when the school opened for priority groups and we were able to additionally welcome more Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils back into the building. Having carefully looked at the school’s capacity and the wishes of the parents, the school was able to open for all who wanted to return for the last few weeks of the summer term, as well as managing an open-air transition meeting where all pupils had the opportunity to spend time with their current teacher and their teacher for September 2020.
Whilst all children during the period of lockdown had access to purpose-made home learning, which continued until the end of the summer term, concern about gaps in learning and the need to 'catch up’ have formed the foundation of school plans for the 2020-21 academic year.
Covid-19 Catch up Premium & national tutoring programme
In June, a £1 billion fund for education was announced by the government. Further guidance has now been released here showing that the money is split between a catch-up premium and a national tutoring scheme.
The catch-up premium is funded on a per pupil basis at £80 per pupil. This is based on our Census data and we anticipate we will receive £12,480 (156 x £80).
The spending of this money is for schools to allocate as they see best. To support schools to make the best use of this funding, the Education Endowment Foundation has published a support guide for schools with evidence-based approaches to catch up for all students.
There are two broad aims for 'catch up’ at Stretham Community Primary School:
At Stretham ‘catch up’ is characterised by:
The plan is an evolving one.
We intend to spend the first half of the Autumn term welcoming children back to school and settling them into the routines and expectations of school life, both socially and academically.
The second half of the Autumn term will be characterised by in-class support, using our teachers and teaching assistants to offer pre-learning, over-learning and support groups.
As we move into the Spring term we will be looking at additional support for some pupils using the national tutoring programme and the catch-up funding.