COVID-19 Catch Up Funding
What is Catch Up Funding?
In response to school closures in 2020 due to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic, the government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up.
This funding has been allocated on a per pupil basis and in a mainstream primary school, the school will get £80 for each pupil in from reception to year 6.
Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the curriculum expectations for the next academic year in actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak.
While schools can use their funding in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances, they are expected to use this funding for specific activities which will help pupils catch up on missed education.
School leaders must be able to show they are using the funding to resume teaching a normal curriculum as quickly as possible following partial or full school closure.
Governors should scrutinise schools’ approaches to catch-up from September 2020, including their plans for and use of catch-up funding. This should include consideration of whether schools are spending this funding in line with their catch-up priorities, and ensuring appropriate transparency for parents.
What are we using the funding for at St Paul's?
At St Paul's we are using this funding in various ways including:
- Employing an extra class teacher to take small groups for Maths or English;
- Providing opportunities for 'Quality First Teaching' in smaller class groups during small group indoor PE sessions;
- Additional TA support to provide OT sessions for targeted pupils;
- Additional TA hours for 1:1 emotional support sessions;
- 2:1 after school sessions for specific pupils targeting key Maths and English skills.