Covid Education Funding
In June 2020, a £1 billion fund for education was announced by the government. Further guidance has since been released 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 the October 2020 census meaning Bentley will be in receipt of £5040 and Copdock £6720. The spending of this money will be down to 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.
We intend to use this funding as follows:
- Purchase curriculum resources and materials that supports all pupils to get “back on track” and make continued progress from their starting point.
- Fund additional staff hours to support progress for those children identified as needing “catch up” in their learning. This will enable children to work towards achieivng age related expectations by the end of the school year 2021.
- Consider use of the National Tutoring Programme for specific targeted work with pupils.
- Identify needs and promote positive mental health for all pupils, especially those ariising as a result of the pandemic.
By the end of 2020-21, our aim is for all pupils to reach attainment outcomes that are in line with those at the point of lockdown in March 2020. This means that if a child was working at an age-related expectation in a subject in March they are working at least to an age-related expectation in that same subject by the end of the year. This also applies to those children who were working at greater depth.
All children will experience:
- Focus on consolidation of basic skills. The core skills which enable successful learning will be given additional curriculum time across all year groups. These include: handwriting, spelling of high frequency words, basic sentence punctuation, times tables recall, basic addition & subtraction fact recall and reading skills relevant to age. We will cotinue to make use of our online subscriptions to Spelling Shed, Time Tables Rock Stars and Literacy Shed to support these core skills.
- Additional lesson time on core teaching. Reading, writing and maths teaching will require increased teaching time in order to address any misconceptions in understanding and cover missed learning.We will continue to offer a broad and balanced curriculum but some aspects of the wider curriculum may be covered in less depth this year.
- Working through well sequenced, purposeful learning tasks. We have been implementing a new approach in writing to focus on carefully structured sentence building and clear modelling. This is successfully supporting all children to consolidate and extend their skills in composition. In maths, we have continued to use White Rose materials which have adapted plans to consolidate previous learning and address any focused areas for catch up.
- Particular focus on early reading and phonics in EY/KS1. This is always a focus in school and will continue to be so in order to develop children’s reading ability and vocabulary.
- Assessment of learning and of basic skills to identify any major gaps. Teachers will work to identify gaps in learning and adapt teaching accordingly.
- Time spent on mental health, wellbeing and social skills development. This will be at the core of all catch up work as many children will have not been in formal school setting for a number of months. Nurture provision will be available for those children who need additional support.
Some children will experience:
- Additional support and focus on basic core skills. Supported by additional staffing utilising catch up premium – dependent on need as identified through ongoing assessment.
- Additional time to practice basic skills. This again will be dependent on the needs of children in order to re-establish good progress in the essentials (phonics and reading, increasing vocabulary, writing and mathematics) and there will be flexibility on timetables to allow this.
We will not be putting pressure on teachers or pupils to ensure all missed learning is covered in the short time available. Our approach will continue to be reflective and responsive to the needs of our pupils, accelerating progress where possible and consolidating application of the important core skills.