Catch-Up Provision – from March 2021
We began to put in place a catch-up curriculum once we returned fully in March 2021. We are developing a three-pronged approach to enable the children to catch up and recover lost learning time.
Reading has always been a priority in our school, but the importance has been raised since the initial National Lockdown. To counter this, we continue to look at and develop early reading, phonics, speech, and language across the school using the Read Write Inc Programme. We have used a proportion of our Catch Up Funding for this. We began in July 2020, and this has been a real strength of the school in both the Autumn term in school, in the Spring term on the remote learning platform and since returning to school in March.
The programme includes:
- Support from Ruth Miskin Training Consultancy (Read, Write Inc)
- Staff Training – whole staff training INSET (with facilitator from the above company) and the online training resources for staff
- Monthly progress meetings with a consultant (to assess children and staff progression and action planning)
- Diagnostic testing for the children in EYFS and KS1 (half termly to track progress and adjust groupings)
- Children in EYFS and KS1 are in dedicated groupings in accordance their phonic ability and have daily one hour sessions.
- Children within the lowest percentile (or in early KS2 – Year 3 specifically the children who did not pass their phonics screening check in year 2) are having additional one to one sessions with members of the staff.
- School has purchased resources to support the programme fully (both physical and online resources)
- Fresh Start programme (through Read, Write Inc) is used to target children in KS2 with additional reading catch up.
Over the course of the summer term, we will be consolidating the Spring term (2nd Lockdown Period) learning and going back over objectives taught so far this year and some of the objectives missed last year (1st Lockdown period). We understand that there are some children who have not accessed the remote learning in the Spring term and will need to be taught these objectives. The children who did engage will be able to consolidate their knowledge and be encouraged to extend their application of this knowledge.
The staff have completed a Curriculum Coverage document (appendix 1) to identify the curriculum subject / topic areas that have not been covered since March 2020. This covers the missed areas in the lockdown periods but also what areas may be missed in the Summer term (2021) due to the Spring and Autumn term consolidation.
The documents will then be looked at over the course of the Summer term (2021) by the subject coordinators, to ascertain the key objectives that have been missed over the last year. They will then look to map out where these objectives can be taught over the 21-22 and possibly 22-23 academic years. This will then form our curriculum mapping and action planning over the next two years.
As part of the recovery programme initiated by the DfE and the Government, we are taking full advantage of the National Tutoring Programme and will be taking advantage of the delayed, National Academic Mentor Programme. The DfE and Government are funding 75% of the cost of this programme. We will be using our Catch Up Funding to fund the additional 25% of costs.
In the Summer term 2021, we will have two Tutors join our staff team, to deliver Maths and English tutoring across Years 4, 5 and 6. These year groups have been identified to give children intensive catch-up provision. This gives the children in Year 6 and Year 5, the chance to gain lost learning and catch up before they leave or before moving into Year 6. In terms of Year 6, they will not benefit from Step 2 as much as other cohorts will over the next two academic years. The children identified as need this intensive intervention are allocated a total of 15 hours of tutoring, which can be spread over both Maths and English tuition. This will be funded over the course of the summer term and will run for nine weeks in total (1 hour per day for 15 days – 3 school weeks). This gives the opportunity to target most of the Year 4, 5 and 6 children.
In September 2021, the Academic Mentoring Programme will begin again. This was paused due to the second Lockdown. This will enable the school to employ a full-time member of staff for the full academic year, to run specific interventions for targeted children for the full year. This is subsidised by the DfE and Government recovery programme. The school will use the remaining Catch Up Funding for this initiative.
We believe that all three of the stages above, coupled with the possibility of an uninterrupted 2021-22 academic year, will give all of our pupils the best chance to recover and consolidate lost or previous learning.