In June 2020 the government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up on missed learning caused by coronavirus (COVID19). This is especially important for the most vulnerable pupils and pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds who we know have been most affected.
St Joseph’s catch-up in September 2021 priorities were to prioritise catch-up for disadvantaged pupils; ensuring pupils well-being is prioritised to enable pupils to be ready for academic advancement; addressing the low attainment in writing across the school and to support catch up in some key year groups Year 1, Year 2 and Year 6.
We used a universal core approach by lengthening the school day for all pupils, adding over 70 hours of learning, per pupil during the academic year.
The following data sources were used to identify barriers to attainment in our school:
-Internal assessment and reporting software (Target Tracker, Seesaw and Tapestry at EYFS)
-The EEF families of schools database
-Staff, pupil and parent consultation
-Guidance from experts
-Baseline data snapshots eg Reading Age, Spelling Age etc
Take a look at the document below to see how we used our Catch-Up Premium Funding and why we chose these approaches.