Coronavirus (COVID-19) Catch-Up Premium
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium up is additional funding that the Government made available during the 2020-21 academic year to all state funded schools. These funds are for schools to use to support where pupils’ learning and wellbeing have been impacted by school closures and subsequent disruption due to the pandemic.
The funds are allocated to all schools on a ‘per pupil basis’ for all pupils in Reception through to year 11. Special schools receive £240 per pupil.
Schools are free to spend the Coronavirus catch-up premium as appropriate based on the particular needs of their pupils and the professional judgement of teachers and school leaders. However, schools are accountable for how they use the additional funding and are expected to evaluate and monitor the impact of different approaches.
Main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils
The main barrier to educational achievement for all of the children at Walton Leigh is their severe and complex learning difficulties.
We have focused on supporting those pupils most effected by the pandemic; this may be because they were not able to attend school during the ‘lockdown’ or because they are struggling to adjust to the changes made to the school day resulting from the pandemic.
How Coronavirus catch-up premium was used to address those barriers
We have provided additional targeted support to individual pupils to support them to catch up in their learning and be healthy socially and emotionally.
The COVID-19 funding enabled us to provide direct additional specialist teaching support. This support was monitored by the class teachers who will evaluate the impact and made adaptions to provide the best support possible.
For the 2020-2021 academic year, Walton Leigh was allocated £19,200.
Summary of planned provision 2020-21
1:1 Individual Support - £15,949
An extra teaching assistant was employed full time to enable class staff to be deployed to work 1:1 with targeted pupils and as directed by the class teacher. Additional support specifically focused on communication, personal and emotional skills, cognitive skills, physical development and independence and was planned and monitored by the class teacher. Progress in these areas was regularly assessed to ensure that the intervention was having the necessary impact.
Music Therapy - £3,251
The remainder of the funds were spent on employing our music therapist for an additional morning a week. This enabled her to spend time with our targeted students to support their emotional and social needs. We also created a loan system with our more specialist equipment for those students who were unable to access school during this time.
How we’ll measure the impact of Coronavirus catch-up premium
We use a range of approaches to collect, collate and analyse data on pupil progress, including measuring the impact of the above interventions on attainment through Annual Reviews and P Level progress. We have also completed some case studies which demonstrate the impact of the COVID-19 funding for a cross section of pupils.