Following the lockdown on March 28th our children had to adapt as learners, with home schooling, remote teacher support and a reduced amount of face to face teaching from their class teacher. This inevitably meant that many of our children had gaps in their knowledge from the previous year group when they returned in September.
We have therefore sought a government catch-up premium grant and constructed a ‘catch-up’ plan to ensure children catch up on any lost learning time and potential gaps in knowledge. This plan will focus on quality teaching targetting specific year group ‘gap’ filling, classroom intervention and small group targeted support, with the child’s health and well-being at the centre of all of this.
Our catch up strategies have been implemented across all years. In addition, we have recruited an Intervention Teaching Assistant who will be deployed across the school to support pupils and teachers in delivering our 'catch-up' strategies from January 2021 until the end of the academic year.
Leaders in school have been following best practice guidance documents and approaches published by the DfE (Department for Education) 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.
Remote learning continues to be available through the class pages on the school's website, as well as the See-Saw app and printed copies of work can be made available to any children who require it.
Our Governors have scrutinised the ‘catch-up’ premium strategy to ensure all strategies chosen will have a positive impact on children’s attainment. The catch-up programme will link closely to the school improvement plans and Pupil Premium Strategy. School Leaders will evidence how ‘catch-up’ Lesson plans, evaluated learning and identified gaps are all being addressed; assessment will be used regularly to assess progress against targets.