WHITTLE ACADEMY

Covid-19 ‘Catch up’ Premium

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 Whittle will be in receipt of £17,440 (218 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 Whittle, 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 Whittle:

  • 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.

The full Catchup plan can be found here.

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