Covid-19 Recovery Plan September 2020
The government believes that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium grant, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current adverse effects caused by the period of school closures. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium grant was introduced in July 2020 and is allocated to schools to support children by tailoring the use of the funding to identified gaps to attainment. The funding can be spent in any way that will specifically address needs identified for our children due to the closure of schools.
In the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) ‘Covid-19 Support Guide for Schools’ it states that, ‘Teachers and families across the country have provided extraordinary support to help children learn at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, for many children, the disruption caused by school closures will have had a negative impact on learning and wellbeing.’ As a school we know that, due to the lock down period where families were facing a broad range of challenges effecting them supporting children with home learning, children have been impacted in a number of ways. The government have provided additional funding for schools to enable them to offer further support for all children on their return to school to begin to address this. This needs a long term approach though, where building blocks put in place can be sustained over time in order to have the biggest impact. We expect our funding to be approximately £11,200.
The EEF suggest a three strategy approach, which encourages a sustained rather than one off approach. These three strategies are;
- teaching and whole school strategies
- targeted support
- wider strategies
This approach is used as a basis for our plans, further details of which can be found in our Covid Recovery Plan September 2020.