Everyone at Gotherington Primary School recognises that children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). We are also very aware that those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit.
The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This includes 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. (GOV.UK)
This extra funding has been allocated to those families who are in receipt of the Pupil Premium Grant whose children are entitled to free school meals (FSM). Through our assessments and other qualitative information from the academic year 2019 to 2020, we have set out a plan to support pupils to catch up.
The Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2020-2021 sets out the school’s approaches to catch up, including plans for the use of funding based on our catch-up priorities. The plans for the additional catch-up premium funding are included in the strategy statement, and the rationale for the projected spend is based on evidence-based research into high-quality tuition.
Primarily, the grant will be spent on closing gaps in early reading, mathematics and English grammar, punctuation and spelling across the school.
The effectiveness of this expenditure on the educational attainment of pupils chosen will be assessed in a range of ways with the impact being shown through our pupil premium strategy report.
Please click on the below link for further information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium.