Coronavirus Catch-up Premium
The Government has committed £1 billion of funding to help schools close the gap caused by the disruption to students’ education as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This also includes a one- off universal £650 million Catch-up Premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year.
Whilst the premium is allocated to schools on a per pupil basis for students in Years 7 to 11, it is up to schools to decide how they will use the funding. The Government recommends that schools use the Education Endowment Foundation’s research led guide to help direct and support schools’ use of this funding.
At Langley Grammar School, we are adopting the tiered system suggested by EEF’s guide, including:
Teaching and whole-school strategies:
- Supporting great teaching
- Student assessment and feedback
- One to one and small group tuition
- Intervention programmes
- Extended school time
- Supporting student wellbeing
- Pastoral initiatives
We have spent the first term of this academic year (2020 -2021) assessing students’ progress, identifying gaps and adapting our curriculum to ensure that gaps are addressed for all students as well as implementing our wider strategies. The targeted approaches will be implemented from January 2022.
Identification of students in need of additional support is ongoing and all funds provided through the Catch-up Premium will be spent by February 2022.