Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium
The government COVID-19 catch-up premium has been established to mitigate the effects of the unique disruption caused by coronavirus. The grant will be available for the 2020-2021 academic year. Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support pupils to catch up for lost teaching time over the previous months. To support schools to make the best use of the funding, the EEF has published a support guide: https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/eef-support-for-schools/covid-19-resources/
As with all government funding, school leaders and governors must be able to account for how the money is being used. Therefore the impact and spending strategy for this catch-up premium will be reviewed alongside the pupil premium spending throughout the 2020-2021 academic year. When Ofsted re-commence routine inspections, they will make judgements about the quality of education being provided which will include how we are using the funding to ensure the curriculum has a positive impact on all pupils.
The Rowans response to a recovery curriculum will be a continued focus on delivering quality education within a trauma-informed approach. There aren’t any major changes that need to be made as our approach to learning, welfare and support will offer the structure, routine and nurture needed by pupils as they return to school full time in September 2020. Emerging needs will be identified and addressed.
The focus for full-time return and a recovery curriculum has been:
- Quality teaching and learning with a focus on metamemory
- Safe space = trusted adults (trauma-informed practice)
- Pandemic register shared with staff
- Focus on core values with a focus on ‘caught being kind’
- Team building to re-establish a sense of community and improve wellbeing
The Rowans AP Academy was allocated £15,700 and this has been used for an additional member of staff to join the interventions team. This means that more pupils can be given 1:1 and small group interventions and those who benefit from interventions can have access to more targeted support or more regular sessions. Pupils at The Rowans can now access a wider offer of specific academic and therapeutic interventions with the following focus:
- Close gaps in the core subjects of English and maths
- Reduce the gap between chronological age and reading age
- Address mental health needs
- Re-establish core values and demonstrate them through values days
- Off-site therapeutic interventions to include Great Leaps, Squirrels riding school and the Changing Lives Through Horses programme and boing sessions.
- Emotional literacy support
- Enhanced welfare support for pupils and their families
These interventions are regularly assessed through academic assessment and monitoring and through the use of the Short Warwick Edinburgh Wellbeing Scale, SDQs, the vulnerability index and the readiness for reintegration/next steps for non-academic interventions.