The government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after the school closure for most children due to Covid-19 in 2020. National funding priorities and national strategies have been especially targeted towards supporting children from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds.
Strategy at Gawsworth
Since July, leaders in school have been following best practice guidance documents and approaches published by the DfE (Department for Education) and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to ensure the additional funding is directed in the most effective way. Approaches taken by the school will be driven by our detailed knowledge of children’s current attainment and will draw upon approaches that are evidence-based that are proven to have a positive impact on closing gaps. During September 2020, all children across the school have undertaken high-quality assessments in Reading, Writing, Phonics/Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation and Mathematics. Through careful analysis of this assessment data, teachers have identified groups of children that will benefit from ‘catch-up’ support or other interventions to enable them to close gaps in understanding and attainment. For primary schools, funding has been allocated at £80 per pupil which in Gawsworth equates to £16,240 of ring-fenced funding towards the school's catch-up initiatives.
The document below sets out the school's action plan for our main catch-up priorities - phonics, reading, Mathematics and physical and personal wellbeing. It also demonstrates the funding allocation for each priority and how the school is spending the additional funding.