North Farnborough Infant School has received the coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium grant in academic year 2020 to 2021, to support children at our school.
In August 2020, the Government announced additional funding for schools following the COVID 19 lockdown measures. This amounted to £80 per pupil. The amount allocated to North Farnborough Infant School based on eligible pupils is £13 000.
The Education Endowment Fund (EEF) has provided early research evidence around projections for the impact of school closures during lockdown, predominantly on the impact for disadvantaged pupils. The school’s strategic response to devising and implementing the Catch- Up programme fully takes these findings into account. In summary, the EEF projections for the impact of widespread school closures identify;
• The disadvantaged attainment gap widens
• Assessment of lost learning is crucial
• Targeted support in addition to wider school initiatives are required
• Absence rates upon return are crucial
Effective home learning programmes have been found to mitigate the impact. Shakespeare Infant School provided a standard home learning offer for all pupils. There is an acknowledgement that whilst the take up of remote learning was strong, a significant number of pupils (including disadvantaged pupils) have had a prolonged period without face to face teaching and learning.
The purpose of this report is to effectively plan the way the Catch-Up money will be spent over the coming year and enable us to inform parents, carers and governors of the impact it has on pupil achievement.