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 £240 per pupil. The money is provided in three lump sums – so far we have received around £13k. The spending of this money will be down to schools to allocate as they see best.
At Bensham Manor, 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.
- Timetabled catch up sessions for two Year 11 groups.
- After school catch up program for Year 11.
There are two broad aims for “catch up” at Bensham Manor:
- 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 and Bensham Manor is
(For all children)
- Working through a broad, well sequenced and purposeful curriculum.
- Focus on consolidation of basic skills.
- Particular focus on early reading and phonics.
- Assessment of learning and of basic skills to identify major gaps.
- Time spent on mental health, wellbeing and social skills development.
(For Year 11)
- Additional support and focus on basic core skills through both timetabled and after school catch up sessions.
Catch Up and Bensham Manor 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