What is a Catch-Up Premium?
(Thank you to St Paul’s Hoddlesden for their support with this info)
The Government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up following the school lockdown in March 2020. This included 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.
The universal catch-up premium funding is available for all state-funded mainstream and special schools, and alternative provision.
Funding has been allocated on a per pupil basis, providing the equivalent of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to 6.
Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.
Catch-Up Support Documentation
In order to support schools with school planning whilst we are in a world pandemic, the Education Endowment Foundation (EFF) has produce two help guidance documents:
- “The EEF guide to supporting school planning – A tiered approach to 2020-21”
- “Covid-19 support guide for schools”
These documents suggests schools plan using a tiered approach with respect to school improvement and also with respect to planning how to support children to catch-up.
“Catch-up” in this context refers to the children learning the main aspects of the curriculum them missed when they were in the first lockdown (March-August 2020.)
This, aforementioned, tiered approach describes 3 tiers and the areas of provision within the tiers which schools they suggest should be focussed on to have the greatest impact this year.
(The text below is from the areas within the “The EEF guide to supporting school planning” and those areas detailed in the “Covid-19 support guide for schools.”)
Teaching (High-quality for all, effective diagnostic assessment, supporting remote learning and focussing on professional development.) Teaching and wholes school strategies (Supporting great teaching, Pupil assessment and feedback and Transition support)
Targeted academic support (high quality one to one and small group tuition, teaching assistants and targeted support, academic tutoring, planning for pupils with SEND.) Targeted approaches (One to one and small group tuition, Intervention programmes and extended school time)
Wider strategies (supporting pupils social, emotional and behavioural needs, planning carefully for adopting SEL (social and emotional learning) curriculum, supporting parents with pupils of different ages and successfully implementation in challenging times) Wider strategies (Supporting parent and carers, access to technology and summer support)
It is suggested the a school’s focus should also be split ½ on Tier 1 and a ¼ on Tier 2 and a ¼ on Tier 3.