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Covid-19 ‘Catch up’
In June, a £1 billion fund for education was announced by the government. Further guidance has now been released (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-catch-up-premium) showing that the money is split between a catch-up premium and a national tutoring scheme.
The catch-up premium is funded on a per pupil basis at £80 per pupil. This will be based on the previous year’s census and will not include Nursery numbers, meaning we are predicting that Chingford Cof E Primary (CCofE) will be in receipt of £ 33,440 (418 x £80). The spending of this money will be down to schools to allocate as they see best. To support schools to make the best use of this funding, the Education Endowment Foundation has published a support guide for schools with evidence-based approaches to catch up for all students.
At CCof E, this money will be used in order to provide:
- curriculum resources and materials that support “catch up” and mental health of pupils.
- Additional support staff to develop the outcomes of children who have been identified as needing “catch up” in their learning.
There are two broad aims for “catch up” at CCofE:
- Attainment outcomes at end of 2020-21 for all year groups will be at least in line with those at the end of 2019-20.
- The mental health needs of pupils are met and supported by the school.
Catch Up at CCofE is
(For all children)
- Working through well sequenced, purposeful learning schemes. For example, our school-created writing schemes are being adapted to focus on missed objectives and consolidate the basics. In maths, we will utilise the White Rose resources as our spine of learning and we have been able to use catch up premium to purchase the premium resources that have been adapted to include catch up.
- Focus on consolidation of basic skills. The core skills which enable successful learning will require increased curriculum time across all year groups. These include: handwriting, spelling of high frequency words, basic sentence punctuation, times tables recall, basic addition & subtraction fact recall and reading skills relevant to age.
- Additional lesson time on core teaching. Reading, writing and maths teaching will require increased teaching time in order to cover missed learning – particularly in the autumn term. In order to keep a broad and balanced curriculum, some subject areas may be taught as blocked days or adapted and sent home as project homework rather than weekly lessons in the autumn term.
- Particular focus on early reading and phonics. This is always a focus in the school and will continue to be so in order to develop children’s reading ability and vocabulary.
- Assessment of learning and of basic skills to identify major gaps. Teachers will work to identify gaps in learning and adapt teaching accordingly.
- Time spent on mental health, wellbeing and social skills development. This will be at the core of all catch up work as many children will have not been in formal school setting for a number of months.
(For some children)
- Additional support and focus on basic core skills. Supported by additional staffing utilising catch up premium – dependent on need as identified through ongoing assessment.
- Additional time to practice basic skills. This again will be dependent on need of children in order to re-establish good progress in the essentials (phonics and reading, increasing vocabulary, writing and mathematics) and there will be flexibility on timetables to allow this.
Catch up at CCofE IS NOT:
- Cramming missed learning
- Pressuring children and families into rapid learning
- Teachers time spent highlighting missed objectives
- Teachers time spent ticking off assessment points and extra tracking
Remote learning expectations when individual households are following government guidance regarding COVID
We expect you to inform us if your child is away from school because they or a member of your household are waiting for the results of a COVID test.
At this point, you will be sent an initial letter (letter 1) with some suggested activities that can be completed at home whilst you wait for your results to arrive.
If you or a member of your household receive a positive test result or have been instructed to isolate via track and trace, we expect you to inform us and provide the date that your isolation is expected to end (we appreciate that this date may change).
When this is the case, you will be sent a letter (letter 2) which details specific areas of our school website that you can use to find English, Maths and other activities to choose from whilst we ensure that work is uploaded on to Google Classroom to complete.
We will ensure that work is uploaded on to Google Classroom within 24 hours (often this will be achieved sooner) of you informing us that you are now isolating for a prolonged period of time. At the moment, Reception classes will find their work on the school website in the ‘Helping Your Child At Home’ page.
We, therefore, expect your child to log on to Google Classroom or check the website within this time and complete the work set.
This work can be completed on paper/in the orange exercise books sent home or online. Work can be submitted through Google Classroom or the year group email address can be used. Class teachers will be checking these each day and will aim to acknowledge/feedback on an aspect of the work submitted 3-4 times a week. If your child is going to be away from school for longer than a week, we also aim to have a member of the teaching team make a phone call to check in with you.
Remote learning is now compulsory. Therefore, if your child is unwell and unable to complete any learning on a particular day while self-isolating, you must report your child’s absence via the school email: email@example.com by 9:30am so that your child is recorded as ‘absent from learning’ and the class teacher will not expect a piece of work submitted that day.