What is Catch-up Funding?

Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds have been among those hardest hit.

We know that we have the professional knowledge and expertise in the education system to ensure that all children and young people recover and get back on track. Returning to normal educational routines, as quickly as possible, continues to be critical to our national recovery.

The government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This included a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year, to ensure that schools were given the support they needed to help students make up for lost teaching time.

 

Allocation

School allocations were calculated on a per student basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each student in years reception through to 11. Bishop Rawstorne will receive £76800 for the 2020/21 academic year.

 

Utilisation

Schools are to use this funding for specific activities to support their students 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.

 

At Bishop Rawstorne we have used the funding in a variety of different ways thus far, and are continuing to review our options:

 

Period 6 Lessons

Bishop Rawstorne has launched an extensive after school programme. Initially,  this ran from from April 2021 to July 2021, in the first phase, and then August 2021 to October 2021 in the second phase. Due to its success, the third phase is now running from November 2021 to December 2021.This programme is run by staff across all areas, in small group sizes, allowing focussed intervention and 1-2-1 tuition in some cases.

Phase 1

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Y7

ENGLISH

SCIENCE

 

MATHS

 

Y8

SCIENCE

MATHS

 

ENGLISH

 

Y9

MATHS

TAC AND HISTORY

MUSIC AND DRAMA

SCIENCES

ENGLISH

Y10

 

MUSIC, TAC AND ART

MATHS

SCIENCES

GERMAN, RE AND DRAMA

 

 

Phase 2

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Y9

GERMAN

 

RE

PE

 

Y10

HISTORY

PE

 

GEOGRAPHY AND MUSIC

 

 

Phase 3

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Y8

 

MATHS

 

 

 

Y9

 

MATHS

 

RE

 

Y10

 

FOOD & RE

SCIENCES

ENGLISH  

 

Y11

 

HISTORY & IMEDIA

PE

MFL & MUSIC

 

 

Geography sessions will run in January and February 2022.

 

Bishop Rawstorne has also co-ordinated transport for those students who require it and catering is being provided prior to sessions.

In addition to these after school sessions, other subject areas are offering lunchtime support and 1-1 sessions for those students who have missed learning due to Covid 19 and additional support is offered remotely via TEAMS.

 

Currently, we are working with the University of Lancaster to deliver a bespoke 'catch up' literacy programme to support those year 7 and 8 students whose literacy skills have been impacted on as a result of Covid 19.

 

In addition to these initiatives, individual subject areas have made been granted additional TA support, or other resources, to support further catch up and subject area requests are considered by the Senior Leadership Team on a case by case basis.

 

Options Engagement

Bishop Rawstorne ran 5 weeks of Year 8 TAC taster sessions for students who did not get to properly experience a technology subject due to the carousel rotation being affected by lockdown; this allowed them to get the practical experience needed to then make the relevant options choices.

 

National Tutoring Programme

Bishop Rawstorne has worked with the National Tutoring Programme to deliver tutoring to students in mathematics. We are currently investigating using the NTP, and the school led tutoring grant, to develop this tutoring on a wider scale in mathematics, English and science. 

 

Transition

To ensure as seamless a transition process as possible into year 7, additional staffing was deployed to co-ordinate the KS2/3 transition from our feeder primaries. This allowed us to identify the students that were most in need of support when starting. This programme has developed and has included such initiatives as: breakfast club, mentoring programmes and early intervention pathways to support academic progression and mental and physical well-being.

 

Careers Software

To allow students to have good access to online careers advice the KUDOS platform has been bought into school and used across all year groups with sessions run for parents and students to onboard as many students as possible.

 

Student Services

Students emotional needs have increased due to the pandemic and isolation of lockdown. Funding is being used to pay for additional counselling support, where needed, to help the emotional development of our young people. As well as this, we are currently putting together resources that can be used by individual students and also staff to help manage the emotional pressures they are experiencing.

 

Sport Provision

Student opportunities to engage in social and physical activities were significantly reduced as a result of lockdown. Therefore, in addition to the PE extra-curricular activities the school already offers, we have also engaged with School Sport Partnership coaches to deliver non-competitive multi-sport provision to targeted students. The activities offered focus on enjoyment but also support physical, social and emotional development.

 

Accountability and Monitoring

As with all government funding, school leaders must be able to account for how this money is being used to achieve the goal of schools getting back on track and teaching a normal curriculum as quickly as possible.

 

Bishop Rawstorne will be transparent in tracking and accounting for the funding.