Catch Up Funding Background
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. The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial, and the scale of our response must match the scale of the challenge.
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, and the government intends for schools and colleges to fully open in September.
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.
Parkside Primary Academy provides an outstanding education and serves a local community with high levels of socio-economic deprivation. Staff and governors are committed to ensuring the pastoral, social and academic needs of every student are met, irrespective of background. COVID-19 Catch Up funding is therefore directed to ensuring that all children disadvantaged by disruption to their education are able to ‘catch up quickly’ thus ensuring equality of opportunity for all learners through identifying and prioritising lost and forgotten learning.
Parkside Primary Academy: Catch Up Funding Intent
Universal catch up premium - To quickly get all pupils back on track and teaching a normal curriculum.
Additional premium - To support vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils to close the gap following COVID lost learning
At Parkside Primary Academy, we fundamentally believe that learning to read is the foundation to achieve in other areas of the curriculum. The National Curriculum states: “Through reading, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually” and that “reading enables pupils to acquire knowledge and build on what they already know”. Therefore children must develop good reading skills to access information that will support their development in all areas of the curriculum. Success in early reading has a direct effect on progress in all areas of the curriculum and is crucial in developing children’s self- esteem, confidence and motivation. Competence in early reading is the key to independent learning and is given the highest priority by all staff.
Prioritising the development of children’s speech, language and communication is crucial at Parkside Primary Academy; this challenge begins in EYFS as the vast majority of children come in below, or way below the average level of development. As a consequence, staff work hard throughout every key stage to ensure that gaps in attainment are closed by the end of Y6. The attainment gap on entry to F2 has widened significantly (November 2020 Reception Baseline Data) as a result of the Covid crisis which forced school closures earlier this year.
Our intention is to ensure that, by prioritising the teaching and learning of Early Reading and also for the lowest 20% of readers across school, children at Parkside Primary Academy will catch up quickly and close the attainment gap which has widened as a result of Covid-19.