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 will be among those hardest hit.

 

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

 

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.

 

Allocation

School 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. Bishop Rawstorne will receive £76800 for the 2020/21 academic year.

 

Utilisation

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.

 

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 running from April 2021to July 2021 in the first phase and then August 2021 to October 2021 in the second phase. This is run by staff across all areas in small group sizes allowing focussed intervention and 121 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

 

 

These sessions are being run by the class teachers and students have been identified as being in specific need of additional support. Other students are welcome at the session also, though it is the desire to keep the sessions small to maximise impact.

 

Phase 2

This phase is planned from August 2021 to October

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Y9

GERMAN

 

RE

PE

 

Y10

HISTORY

PE

 

GEOGRAPHY AND MUSIC

 

 

Bishop Rawstorne has also co-ordinated transport for parents struggling to engage where appropriate and on average 20 students a night are being supported with journeys home.

Catering is also being provided prior to the sessions for all students.

 

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, and so not getting 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 Maths. This trial has been a success and we will look to develop our links with the NTP into 2021/22

 

Transition

To ensure as seamless a transition process as possible additional staffing has been deployed to co-ordinate the KS2/3 transition from our feeder primaries. This is also allowing us to identify the students that are most in need of support when starting, so we can then target these students with bespoke support allowing them to develop academically rather than flounder.

 

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 pupils 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 where needed. 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.

 

Resources

Curriculum areas have been asked what resources would benefit the catch up of their students over the next 12 – 24 months. These requests, books, work files etc….. are all considered carefully and where appropriate the resources are being approved.

 

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.