In June 2020 the government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up on missed learning caused by coronavirus (COVID19). This is especially important for the most vulnerable pupils and pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds who we know have been most affected. School allocations are calculated on a per pupil basis. Mainstream schools will get £80 for each pupil from reception to year 11 inclusive.
This funding 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 missed learning
- a £350 million National Tutoring Programme to provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who need the most help, which includes:
- a schools programme for 5 to 16-year-olds – for more information, see the National Tutoring Programme FAQs
- a 16 to 19 tuition fund
Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils’ education recovery in line with the curriculum expectations in the actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak guidance.
While schools can use their funding in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances, they are expected to use this funding for specific activities which will help pupils catch up on missed learning. Schools should particularly focus on disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils as we know they have been most affected.
Our Team Formby High ‘Bounce Back’ approach
At Formby High School, we have initially targeted our support within the English and Mathematics curriculum, employing additional teaching staff to facilitate small group intervention, 1:1 tutoring and additional support in class.
Our aim is to utilise the Government ‘catch up’ funds to effectively target those students who will benefit most from engagement with a ‘catch up’ curriculum.
In order to support students in their return to school from September, the national Catch-Up Premium has been implemented to address the unprecedented disruption to learning and reduce the impact of lost time across the curriculum. Formby High School will receive around £74,000 as part of the formula funding. We have made the decision to target the use of these additional funds as follows:
Appointment of a Catch Up Co-ordinator for 2020-21
- Miss S Harding has taken this role and will coordinate all elements of catch up, working with Mr Cook (Senior Assistant Headteacher)
- Mrs Daly has been working with the English Department
- Miss MacDonald has been working with the Mathematics Department, as have existing members of the Mathematics team
- Mr Jenkins will support the Mathematics Department in June and July 2021
Year 7 In-school Catch Up Sessions – English
- Targeted students are working in their timetabled English lessons for small group intervention focused on developing reading and writing skills, and to develop confidence in understanding and completing tasks.
- Subscription to the Accelerated Reader programme for 15 months to support individual reading progress for Year 7 students
Year 8 In-school Catch Up Sessions – English
- Targeted students are working in their timetabled English lessons for small group intervention focused on developing understanding and the ability to structure more complex texts.
Year 10 In-school Catch Up Sessions – English
- Targeted students are working in their timetabled English lessons for small group intervention focused specifically on understanding of the literature texts.
Year 10 In-school Catch Up Sessions – English and Mathematics
- Targeted students have been identified to complete intervention within the school day. Each student would receive an intervention session once a fortnight for the Spring and Summer terms.
- In English, intervention is taking place intensively with small groups within the curriculum.
Year 11 In-school Catch Up Sessions – English and Mathematics
- Targeted students have been selected for withdrawal from an option block for 2 additional English lesson, 2 additional maths lessons and 1 study support session per fortnight.
- Targeted students are working within their timetabled English lessons for small group intervention focused specifically on analytical and writing skills.
In additional the provision detailed above, we have also allocated specific funding to support requests from across the school as follows:
- GCSE Science – National Tutoring Programme
- GCSE Business catch up sessions
- GCSE Dance catch up sessions
- BTEC Level 2 Engineering catch up session
- BTEC Level 2 Hospitality catch up session
- A Level Physics online conference for Years 12 and 13
- GCSE / A Level Music funding to purchase software licences for most able cohort
- Key Stage 3 Science 1:1 remote mentoring
- Morrisby web licence for whole school Careers
- Year 11-12 Transition days – Careers workshops 2 days June 2021
- Creative Arts Dance for Camera project to document high quality work undertaken during challenging times