Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium
How The Grant Will Be Spent
Plans for use of the premium are still being developed and have been adjusted over time in response to the changing circumstances brought about by the Government’s actions to tackle the pandemic. For example, a large amount of money was originally earmarked for use in the Spring Term of 2021 to help students in their examination years catch up on lost learning. These sessions had to be cancelled because of the post-Christmas lock-down and, by the time school had reopened, some of them had become superfluous because the examinations themselves had been cancelled.
The main areas identified so far for use of the grant have been as follows:
- Paying teachers to deliver catch-up sessions to identified groups or subjects out of normal school hours (normally on weekends or during school holidays).
- To pay for external tutoring or coaching of small groups of students where this cannot be provided by the existing teaching staff.
- Purchase of resources, such as texts and study guides, to make up for lost learning or to aid understanding of missed practical work.
- To pay for additional counselling in order to increase our support of vulnerable students and others whose mental health has been adversely affected by the pandemic and lock-down.
- To pay for the additional costs incurred as a consequence of opening the school outside normal hours (eg caretakers’ overtime).
We are also exploring what can be done to aid students with the increased challenge they now face transitioning phases, especially primary school children moving into Year 7 and Year 11 students from both within and beyond the school who will be starting their A Levels having sat no external GCSE examinations.
16-19 Tuition Fund
In the Sixth Form, the 16-19 tuition fund will be used to fund small group and 1:1 tuition in subjects that have been disrupted by the impact of Covid-19, in particular where remote learning in the Spring Term 2021 has had a significant impact on students' progress.
Funding will be targeted at those students who are eligible to receive it due to their economic disadvantage, with priority given to those who are in receipt of the 16-19 bursary or who live in identified postcode areas of deprivation, and who are most in need of support to improve their progress towards A Level targets.
How The Effect Of Expenditure On Educational Attainment Will Be Assessed.
In large part the programme will be judged a success if the pupils involved in achieving broadly the same outcomes that we would expect if the pandemic had not intervened. This will be assessed by scrutiny of:
- Work produced in lessons, exercise books etc.
- Pupil engagement in lessons and their ability to answer questions and problem solve.
- Internal examination and assessment grades.
- Grading of GCSE and A Level qualifications this summer based on work produced both during and after lock down, including in timed conditions.
- Feedback from students about their confidence levels in their academic subjects.