How are we spending our Government Catch-up Finding?
Due to the recent pandemic children have missed time out of school due to the lockdown. As a consequence the Government announced £1 billion pounds of funding to support children to 'catch-up' lost time. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils. This funding 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 at Catch-up Funding
- a £350 million National Tutoring Programme to provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who need the most help.
This funding equates to £80 per child for the one-off universal premium.
Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch-up for lost teaching in line with the expectations for the next academic year. Schools can use this funding in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances. Leadership must be able to show that they are using the funding as effectively as possible. Governors should scrutinise the school's approach including whether schools are spending this money appropriately whilst ensuring appropriate transparency for parents and OFSTED.
Predominantly at Braywood we will use this money for specific activities which will help pupils catch-up on missed education. We will prioritise the best teaching strategies in-line with the evidence highlighted in the Educational Endowment Trust. Coronavirus (COVID-19) support guide for schools
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