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