School Catch Up Strategy
Covid Catch up Spending
The school was allocated approximately £34000 in additional funds to provide catch up opportunities for children. In addition, the school had previously allocated £5000 for tutoring for pupils who needed targeted support. Due to the school not spending on certain areas due to Covid restrictions (trips, swimming etc), we were able to spend slightly more than the nominal £39000 allocation.
The school aims to have all pupils back to at least their level of attainment before Covid by the end of the 2021 calendar year. The 3 main strategies to achieve this were:
- All children were invited to attend a minimum of 6 sessions of Saturday school. These sessions focused on curriculum areas that were missed or taught differently during lockdown periods. There was an emphasis on group and practical work, additional PE and the social aspects of being in school. Saturday school was well attended with around 60% to 65% of pupils attending their sessions.
- Small group tutoring was allocated to those pupils whose progress had suffered the most based on our internal assessment data. This was delivered by either our own teachers or by our own support staff through the National Tutoring program and priority was given to those pupils eligible for pupil premium.
- An additional teacher was hired for the Summer term to provide interventions during school time with a focus on pupils in Year 3.
Autumn term 2020-21
All pupils in Years 3 and 6 were invited to attend 6 weeks of Saturday school.
65 children from Years 6 to 4, were provided with additional tutoring after school, delivered by teachers from the school, for 9 weeks. These pupils were selected based on internal assessments carried out on their return in September 2020.
Saturday school costs (6 teachers, 1 Special Needs Assistant and overtime for the site officer) £9800
Small group tutoring (teachers delivering 12 x 1 hour sessions for 9 weeks) £3780
Total for Autumn term £13,580
Spring Term 2021
Due to partial school closures throughout January to March, no catch programs took place during this term.
Summer Term 2021
In the first half term, all pupils in Year 2 and Year 5 were invited for 6 weeks of Saturday school which followed a similar format to the Year2/6 ones. (Year 2 were self –isolating for 2 weeks but made up those weeks in the second half term)
In 2nd Half Term all pupils in Year 1 and Year 4 were invited for 6 weeks of Saturday school
An additional teacher was employed through an agency for 10 weeks full time. He provided additional support in class to year 3 pupils.
4 pupils in Year 1 were provided with 10 hours of additional tutoring to focus on basic phonic sounds and key numeracy skills.
44 pupils were provided with additional tutoring after school, delivered by teachers from the school, for 9 weeks. These pupils were selected based on internal assessments carried out on their return in March 2021 and were predominantly from Years 4 and 6.
In additional 9 pupils from Year 3 were provided with 15 hours of tutoring through the National Tutoring Program.
Saturday school costs for Years 5 and 2 (6 teachers, 1 Special Needs Assistant and overtime for the site officer) £8400
Saturday school costs for Years 4 and 1 (6 teachers and overtime for the site officer) £7800
Small group tutoring (teachers delivering 10 x 1 hours sessions for 8 weeks) £2800
Additional teacher £10000
National Tutoring Programmer contribution - £750
Total for Summer term - £29750
Total yearly spend £43330