In June 2020, the government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up on missed learning caused by coronavirus (COVID19). This is especially important for the most vulnerable students and students from disadvantaged backgrounds who we know have been most affected. This funding includes a one-off universal £650 million catch up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all students make up for missed learning.
Using catch-up funding
The Purbeck School will use this funding for specific activities to support our pupils’ education recovery in line with the curriculum expectations in the actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak guidance.
The Purbeck School will use the funding in a way that suits our cohort and circumstances. We will use this funding for specific activities which will help our pupils catch up on missed learning. We will particularly focus on disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils as we know they have been most affected.
To support schools to make the best use of this funding, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published a coronavirus (COVID-19) support guide for schools with evidence-based approaches to catch up for all students.
Our school leaders will be able to show they are using the funding to support our pupils’ educational recovery in line with the curriculum expectations in the actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak guidance. Our governors have scrutinised the schools’ approaches to catch-up, including our plans for and use of catch-up funding. This included consideration of whether our school is spending this funding in line with our catch-up priorities, and ensuring appropriate transparency for parents.