Schools’ allocations are calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in Reception to Year 6.
This funding is provided in 3 tranches. Schools were provided with an initial part payment in Autumn 2020, based on the latest available data on pupils. They were then given a second grant payment in early 2021, based on updated pupil and place data.
The second grant payment will also take account of the initial part payment made in autumn 2020 so that schools will receive a total of £46.67 per pupil. A further £33.33 per pupil will be paid during the summer term 2021.
Though funding has been calculated on a per pupil basis, schools should use the sum available as a single total from which to prioritise support for pupils according to their need.
As the catch-up premium has been designed to mitigate the effects of the unique disruption caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19), the grant will only be available for the 2020 to 2021 academic year. It will not be added to schools’ baselines in calculating future years’ funding allocations.
At Paxton Academy, we are using the covid catch-up grant to support children who have developed learning gaps as a result of the lockdown. We have assessed all of the children and held in depth Pupil Progress Meetings to help us to identify which children need extra catch up support.
We are using our funding to provide these children with additional tutoring from The National Tutoring Programme (NTP). The NTP is an ambitious scheme intended to provide additional, targeted support to those children who have been most affected by disruption to their education as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Tutoring is one of the most effective ways to accelerate pupils progress. Evidence suggests that small group and one-to-one tuition can boost progress by 3 to 5 months per pupil.
Specific children in Y1, Y2, Y4, Y5 and Y6 receive additional sessions with a qualified NTP tutor in school twice a week in a small group. The sessions will be between 30 minutes and 1 hour and allow the children to gain a deeper understanding of the learning that is taking place in class in either English or Maths. Additional covid catch up sessions are also run by the deputy head across the school throughout the day.
The programme will run over a half term block but remain fluid depending on children’s individual needs. The tutor, class teacher and deputy head plan the sessions together each week and assess the children's progress in regards to their target and adjustments are made as necessary. The covid catch up programme is is overseen by the deputy head at Paxton and reviewed by all of SLT on a regular basis.