Catch-Up Premium 2020-21
In August 2020, the Government announced additional funding for schools to deliver Catch Up funding following the COVID-19 national lockdown measures. This amounted to £80 per pupil.
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has provided early research evidence around projections for the impact of school closures during lockdown. The GLA’s strategic response to devising and implementing the Catch-Up programme fully takes these findings into account.
In summary, the EEF projections for the impact of widespread school closure identify:
- The disadvantaged attainment gap widens
- Assessment of lost learning is crucial
- Targeted support in addition to wider school initiatives are required
- Absence rates upon return are crucial
Effective home-learning during lockdown have been found to mitigate the impact. Whilst the GLA schools provided a standard and fluid home-learning offer for all pupils, there is an acknowledgement that a significant number of pupils have had a prolonged period without face-to-face teaching and learning.
This Action Plan will report how the Catch-Up premium money will be spent over the academic year and enable us to inform parents, carers and trustees of the impact it has on pupil achievement.
Following the EEF COVID-19 Support Guide for Schools, GLA schools will focus the Catch-Up Premium funds on the following key areas:
- One to one and small group tuition through an extended school day
- Intervention programmes during the school day
The Badsey First School Catch-UP Premium Plan will be reviewed termly and is available here.