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Covid Catch Up Premium

 

Covid Catch Up Premium

COVID 19 Catch Up Premium Report

March 2021

Summary Information
Total catch-up premium budget: £76,000

STRATEGY STATEMENT

“Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are likely to have been more severely affected by school closures and may need more support to return to school and settle back into school life. Whilst all pupils will benefit from the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) recommendations, it is likely that some form of support will be particularly beneficial to disadvantaged.” (Covid-19 Support Guide for Schools – June 2020).

The overall aims of the catch-up premium strategy are:

1. To reduce the attainment gap between our disadvantaged pupils and their peers

2. To raise the attainment of all pupils to close the gap created by COVID-19 school closures

At Knights Academy we have developed a continuity plan which comes into effect due to enforced closure or when national restrictions required the school to close. Pupils continued to receive their full curriculum remotely through our digital platform. The vast majority of pupils engage in online learning that the Academy provides. Upon re-opening in September, there was a good response to pupils coming back to school in all year groups. In some year groups, the attendance was better than others.

At KS3 and KS4, the provision is for all year groups who follow the full curriculum and timetable offer. The majority of pupils in year 10 and 11 are expected to continue to study their examination subjects. In year 11 in exceptional circumstances, it may be in the best interests of a year 11 pupil to discontinue an examined subject. School leaders will make such decisions in discussion with pupils and parents and be informed by ongoing assessment of a pupil’s progress and wellbeing, using the existing discretion that schools already apply on these matters.

At KS5, this provision is for all year groups and follow the full curriculum and timetable offer for pupils. Pupils in years 12 and 13 are more likely to undertake self-directed study, but may still need additional support. Discontinuing a subject is therefore likely to significantly limit choices for further study and employment, so is expected to be rare.

For all pupils, the experience of remote learning will not be the same as education in the classroom. We acknowledged that pupils, particularly those who are vulnerable or from disadvantaged backgrounds, may have additional barriers to their learning during this period. Knights Academy will ensure effective use of the Catch-up Premium to support all pupils to achieve their best and remove any gaps in their learning which could have developed due to the implications of CV-19 ensuring the best possible impact on learning for pupils and value for money.

The EEF suggests a 3-tiered* approach:

1. Teaching and whole school strategies

  • High-quality teaching for all
  • Effective diagnostic assessment including Nothing New Just Review (NNJR)
  • Effective use of Direct instruction and Questioning
  • Focusing on Professional Development

2. Targeted academic support 

  • High-quality one to one and small group tuition 
  • Teaching Assistants and targeted support - including in school support for Key Workers' children
  • Planning for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

3. Wider strategies 

  • Supporting pupils' social, emotional and behavioural needs 
  • Successful implementation in challenging times 
  • Communicating with and supporting parents
  • Supporting pupils with their access to, and effective use of, technology

Barriers to Learning

BARRIERS TO FUTURE ATTAINMENT
Academic Barriers
A Current Years 8, 9 and 10 have missed 2 academic terms of education between March 2020 and present. Initial assessments in English and Maths suggests a loss in learning and skill
B Current Year 7 have missed 2/3 of an academic term of education between September and present. Initial assessment shows a higher than average not at expected reading age
C Literacy skills and reading has been impacted for those transitioning from their primary school
D Literacy skills and reading has been impacted for some pupils in Years 8-11
E Numeracy skills have been impacted for those transitioning from their primary school
F Numeracy skills have been impacted for some pupils in Year 8-11
G Gaps in curriculum as identified by each Head of Department
H Gaps in knowledge and skills that have appeared between March and July 2020 (as identified through September assessments)
I Ensuring our SEND pupils are making social, emotional and academic progress following the lockdown period
J Gaps in 'careers and further education' advice and guidance
K Understanding the ability of our new Year 7 intake without SATS scores
L

Well being: pupils adjusting to the new school routines and structures

 

ADDITIONAL BARRIERS
External Barriers
M Maintaining excellent attendance for all pupils
N Wellbeing: concerns around anxiety and safeguarding issues following the lockdown period
O Ensuring excellent parental engagement is maintained
P Ensuring the most vulnerable have access to devices and resources to support online learning
Q Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the most vulnerable during a period of lockdown or remote learning.

Planned expenditure for current academic year

Quality of teaching for all
Action Objective How will the effectiveness of this action be assessed? Cost
Literacy Support To ensure that reading across the curriculum develops pupil's fluency, confidence and enjoyment giving them the foundations for future learning

Improvement in reading across the academy. 

Improve advocacy for reading including appropriate text for pupils.

Increase incorrect teaching and use of Subject specific vocabulary

£1,500
Numeracy Skills Development - TLR Role To ensure that numeracy across the curriculum develops pupil's fluency, confidence and enjoyment giving them the foundations for the future

Pastoral program for numeracy being delivered and QA

Sar and end point improvements

Update and use of Hegarty Math

£1,500
Transition - Year 11 to 12 Year 10 and 11 bridging work. Teacher prepare bridging work for pupils to complete during the summer holidays The vast majority of pupils continued to learn well across the summer and returned prepared for their next stages of learning No Cost
Transition Year 9-10 Year 9 into 10 bridging work in Term 6 in preparation for summer The vast majority of pupils continue to learn well across the summer and returned prepared for their next stages of learning No Cost
Baseline Assessment Year 7 Baseline testing Year 7

NGR testing done

All year Ys have completed GLS assessments. Gaps have been identified.

£8,000
Curriculum recover catch up - core subjects ATLAS support in developing recovery curriculum in core subjects including appropriate resources

Recovery curriculum delivered resulting in gaps in pupils learning being addressed.

Summative and formative assessments

No Cost
Staffing in English and Cover used during period of lockdown Increased capacity for English and cover for general lessons Stability in staffing and a reduction in daily cover being secured (10 weeks) - September - December £11,000
Total Budgeted Cost £22,000
Targeted Support
Action  Objective How will the effectiveness of this action be assessed Cost
Pastoral Provision - working with vulnerable students Resourcing PM to support vulnerable pupils working from home

Log of vulnerable contacts on CPOMS

Effective safeguarding of vulnerable pupils

Pupils feedback

£1,000
Pastoral Support - Year 10 / Isolation To increase the capacity in pastoral team to support pupils in and out of school (8 weeks)

Log of vulnerable contacts on CPOMS

Effective safeguarding of vulnerable pupils

In School support

£8,000
SENECA Online Resources for KS4 subjects Online resourcing for pupils with diagnostic testing options available Uptake/usage including analytic reports of engagement and progress £3,000
Additional staffing capacity in Math Extra teaching capacity in Math to enable targeted intervention to close gaps in pupils learning owing to lockdown

Improvement in pupils progress of those identified as behind their peers

3 days a week

£20,000
Additional capacity in English Extra teaching capacity in English to enable targeted intervention to close gaps in pupils learning owing to lockdown

Improvement in pupil progress of those identified as behind their peers

3 days a week

£20,000
Total Budgeted Cost £52,000

 

Other Approaches
Action Objective How will the effectiveness of this action be assessed Cost
Professional Learning - Online Learning Identify PL opportunities to support in the delivery of online lessons

Range of PL offered and uptake

Skills of teachers developed

No Cost
Online Resources Identify a range of online resources (including website) to support pupils online learning

Website up-to-date

VLE and website usage

No Cost
Revision Resources for most vulnerable students Provide a range of resources for revision for vulnerable pupils (postage) Engagement of vulnerable pupils in learning £500
Resources for pupils to support Home Learning Provide a range of resources for revision for vulnerable pupils (postage) Engagement of vulnerable pupils in learning £500
Preparing students to return to school in September 2020 Individual meetings with PA students and their parents. Meetings held via Teams. Discussed preparedness for school discussed uniform and any key concerns Contact with students and their parents gave them confidence about returning to school. Pupils requiring support had access to uniform grant, attendance on first day of school term was 98%.  Only 3 families did not return to school following support given. No Cost
Personal Development

Pastoral support for the most vulnerable students who may be struggling with the transition back to school following lockdown. 

Counselling service - met by school costs

Students develop their resilience and supports wellbeing and attendance No Cost
Enrichment Knights shield character curriculum ensured that pupils were engaging in enrichment activities 92% of KS3 were participating in activities and providing evidence to support their Knights Shield.  88% of disadvantaged pupils were engaging during lockdown. No Cost
Mental Health awareness prevention and wellbeing Mental health first aider training Support materials for staff, pupils and parents on how to improve mental health and wellbeing £1,000
Total Budgeted Cost: £2,000