COVID Catch Up Premium
Purpose of the Grant
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium grant is additional Government funding allocated to publicly funded schools to support children and young people to catch up on missed learning and minimise the impact of school partial closures during the initial period of lockdown during the 2019-2020 academic year.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium grant is calculated on a per pupil basis, as a mainstream school we received funding of £80 for each Reception to Year 2 pupil. Funding will be received in three payments across the 2020-221 academic year and is based on the latest available data from the October 2020 census.
More specific information and details of grant allocations are available in the Government’s guidance on Catch-up premium - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
Use of the Grant
The aim of the funding is for the school to use it for specific activities to support pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the 2019-2020 academic year lockdown and partial closure of the school. At Davington Primary School, in order to utilise this additional funding in the best possible way, we have considered closely the research and advice put forward and have used timely assessments of both children’s academic and personal development needs to inform our decisions. The funding received has contributed to the cost of additional teachers to support tutoring throughout the school during the COVID pandemic and beyond.
Legislation and Guidance
To support schools to make the best use of the funding, the Education Endowment Foundation has published a support guide for schools with evidence-based approaches to catch up for all pupils. Davington has considered the guidance published by the Department for Education when planning for the use the grant: