Covid 19 Catch-Up Premium and Curriculum Expectations 2020/21

catch-up premium outline 2021

The DfE has allocated £650 million to be spent on ensuring all pupils have the chance to catch up and supporting schools to enable them to do so. Whilst headteachers will decide how the money is spent, the Education Endowment Foundation has published guidance on effective interventions to support schools. For pupils with complex needs, schools should spend this funding on catch-up support to address their individual needs.

Queens Road Academy will use this funding for specific activities to support our pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the curriculum expectations for the next academic year as in DFE “Guidance for full opening: schools: actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak.”

DFE Informed principles if revising school curriculum: (In outline)

  1. Teach an ambitious and broad curriculum in all subjects
  2. Aim to return to the school’s normal curriculum in all subjects by summer term 2021
  3. Plan on the basis of the educational needs of pupils
  4. Develop remote education

While schools can use their funding in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances, they are expected to use this funding for specific activities which will help pupils catch up on missed education.

Queens Road Academy will respond by:

  • Maintaining an ambitious and broad curriculum in all areas from the outset of pupils return September 2020
  • We will return to the school’s normal curriculum -in the most part immediately. Some topics, planning and daily timetables have been crafted and are flexible to ensure pupil well-being needs are met
  • We will use formative and summative information to help us shape the curriculum planning
  • We continue to invest in the use of Google Classroom and Wonde to enable remote learning to take place. We used this facility through the first National covid-19 lockdown and will extend and further embed this pedagogy moving forward