Covid Catch-Up Funding
Schools have been given additional funding to support children to 'catch-up' with any missed learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Schools can spend this money as they think best to support their children and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) published a support guide with evidence-based approaches to catch up for all students. The catch-up premium is funded at £80 per pupil, so we received £4,325.
At Heelands we gave a great deal of thought to what children had actually missed out on and decided that our main priorities were to ensure that any mental health and well-being issues were addressed and to provide some of the life experiences that they had missed during the pandemic, for example, school trips, family outings and visits to places of interest.
Our aim is to reduce the impact on learning through a three-pronged approach:
- Quality First teaching including targeted interventions where appropriate
- The provision of a learning environment that reduces cognitive overload and equips children to be independent, creative thinkers and problem solvers
- Providing a wide range of experiences, both inside and outside school, to broaden and develop their knowledge of the world
|Curriculum visits, theatre performances, school trips, curriculum workshops
|Resourcing for continuous provision throughout school
|Intervention group work and curriculum resources
We have spent above and beyond the Covid Catch-up premium, even when combining it with other areas of funding, the recovery premium and the tutoring grant which gave us a total package of approximately £6200 but the aim to ensure that all children achieve their best regardless of their economic or social background is paramount.