Catch Up Funding
COVID Catch Up Funds
What catch-up funding is for?
The government announced additional funding to support children and young people to catch up any missed learning caused by COVID 19.
This funding included a catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time as a result of disruption to schools due to COVID lockdown measures. This is especially important for the most vulnerable pupils and those with disadvantaged backgrounds.
Schools were advised to use their funding, for specific activities, in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances.
Why is it important to use this Catch-up funding for our pupils ?
- Pupils may be experiencing feelings of worry, anxiety, fear and loss due to living through a pandemic.
- Due to lockdown measures, including social distancing, pupils will have less opportunities to be with their friends and extended family circles, and so may miss that social support that is essential for good mental health and well-being.
- Some children will miss time in school due to underlying medical conditions as they are required to stay at home to shield. Other pupils may be affected by disruption caused by classes requiring to isolate and therefore miss a significant number of days in school.
- Where there is a barrier to accessing lessons in school or resources sent home, there may be reduced engagement with academic lessons and pupils may have lost skills.
- Some pupils will require support for their behaviour for learning when returning to school after periods of accessing learning from home.