Coronovirus Catch Up Premium
The Department for Education has announced a one off fund for 2020-21 which they want schools to use for specific activities/resources to support pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the curriculum expectations for the next academic year.
Rainford Brook Lodge will receive approximately £16,000 in total over the academic year which is given to us in three separate payments. We have already spent on the following:
1. New assessment material which has the capacity to carry out online ‘question level analysis’ enabling teachers to identify gaps to plug in their planning and teaching. This is running alongside our changes to planning and feedback procedures which are looking to ensure staff are able to ‘know and cater for every child’s needs, every day’ a priority in our school development plan this year.
2. We have also purchased a piece of software that enables results from the assessments mentioned above to be tracked seamlessly against individual and class targets set to ensure progress is taking place. This software also enable some foundation subjects’ progress and achievement to be tracked too.
3. We have purchased online resources to enhance our capacity when setting work for individuals or groups who need to isolate.
4. Extra reading books have also been purchased to ensure that given the gap in time some children may have had in their exposure to reading, they will be exposed to a greater range of texts at their level to fully consolidate their skills.
5. Additional resources in practical subjects such as Art and DT have also been purchased as children cannot necessarily share due to hygiene restictions and this will ensure children have a chance to catch up in the more practical sessions too.
6. Access to high quality online professional development has been purchased via the National College which will help to give all our staff the skills to both keep children safe and to help them reach their full potential.
7. Funding has contributed towards improved technology for both staff and pupils which will help in both day to day teaching and in the result of any further lockdowns; bubbles or individuals needing to isolate; or children being absent for other reasons sanctioned by the school to enabling remote education
Future funding is being used for the purchase of a new spelling scheme in Key Stage 1 and 2; access to further resources to develop physical development in EYFS and to cover supply costs for the monitoring and moderation of writing as assessment has shown this has proved to be the area of the curriculum most adversely affected by the lockdowns.
Monitoring of English, and particularly writing will take place half termly and termly data analysed to ensure that gaps from pre-covid targets are being closed. Monitoring of physical development and Literacy skills in EYFS from the beginning of the year in both Tadpoles and Reception to ensure progress can be tracked.