The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.
Schools’ allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to 11. Though funding has been calculated on a per pupil or per place basis, schools should use the sum available to them as a single total from which to prioritise support for pupils according to their need.
Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the guidance on curriculum expectations for the next academic year. Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.
Thythorn Field has been provisionally allocated £16,160
Focus of Funding
Teaching and whole-school strategies
At Thythorn Field, in order to utilise this additional funding in the best possible way, we have considered closely the research and advice put forward by the EEF and used timely assessments of both children’s academic and personal development needs to inform our decisions. Below we outline our intentional spend with a rationale accompanying each decision.
In addition to quality first teaching and whole-school strategies we believe our children will benefit from focussed support. As such the funding has been used to support:
1. One to one and small group tuition
2. Targeted interventions
3. High quality feedback