COVID-19 Catch Up Premium Funding
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.
Schools’ allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, a total of £240 for each pupil in years 3 through to 11. Though funding has been calculated on a per pupil or per place basis, schools should use the sum available to them as a single total from which to prioritise support for pupils according to their need.
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 guidance on curriculum expectations for the next academic year.
Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.
- At Harford Manor School we have focused our support in the two areas we feel pupils need it most in order to enable them to re-engage with learning:
Regulation/ Well being and Communication
The allocated funds have been / will be used in the following ways:
- Staff have attended training courses specifically linked to the recovery curriculum, and how to give understanding and context of the COVID-19 Pandemic for our pupils by Barry Carpenter. We have also undertaken Mental Health Champion Training.
- Training in The Nuffield Approach, Talk-Tools , Attention Autism and Colourful Semantics have been possible and enable us to support the development of communication of our pupils.
- We are expanding our use of outdoor learning with support from networks such as Alfresco Learning and Forest Schools as we recognise the dual benefits of the outdoors as regulating and engaging, but also inspiring the desire to communicate which is something we are keen to nurture.