Catch up premium
The Department for Education have awarded each school £80 per pupil to aid catch up of learning that has been lost to COVID-19. This funding started to come into school in November 2020 and will be spread across three payment dates during the 20-21 academic year. At Didsbury CE we have invested that funding via employing someone in a specific 'catch up premium' teaching assistant role.
The decision was taken to devote approximately 50% of the premium money to Year 6 on account that as Year 5 children they had missed 16 weeks of school based learning during Spring/Summer 2020 and have the shortest amount of time to make up the lost learning before they sit the SATs tests. The rest of the catch up premium has been spent on supporting Year 2, who will take a delayed phonics screen test late in the Autumn term and Years 3, 4 and 5 who also missed 16 weeks of school based learning during the first half of 2020.
Who will receive the support?
Class teachers have identified the pupils from their class who will receive timetabled support on a weekly basis.
Summer term 2021
The method of allocating the Summer term catch-up premium funding has changed following a review of the provision due to the second restricted opening of schools (Jan - March 2021) and a staffing change. During the Summer term, Key Stage Two teaching staff will now carry out after school additional catch up sessions for children that have been identified as those who are in most need of catch-up due to lost learning. Teachers will use Spring term assessments to identify those who would most benefit from additional catch up provision.
In Key Stage One, catch up will be delivered through utilising an additional member of the teaching staff and in the Reception class, the catch-up programme will be delivered by a teaching assistant working with the class for two days a week.
How catch up is been delivered to children has been communicated to all parents whose children are in the catch-up programme.