To minimise the effects of COVID-19 on children, the government announced £1 billion of funding to support all children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure. This is particularly relevant for pupils who need additional support to reach the same level of attainment that they would have achieved had they been in school. At Oaklands, we have decided to use our funding alongside our Pupil Premium Grant as we already have a comprehensive support package in place. This support is available to all children to minimise any adverse effects they may have suffered due to the pandemic.
For more information on how we are using this money, please see our Pupil Premium Strategy document, which can be found under our ‘Statutory Information’ tab.
Below is further information, published by the government on the COVID Catch-up Funding.
School allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis.
Mainstream schools will get £80 for each pupil from reception to year 11 inclusive.
Schools will get funding in 3 tranches.
Autumn 2020 – this is based on the latest available data on pupils in mainstream schools and high needs place numbers in special, AP, hospital schools and special schools not maintained by a local authority.
Early 2021 – based on updated pupil and place data. This payment will also take account of the initial part payment made in autumn 2020 so that schools will receive a total of £46.67 per pupil.
Summer 2021 term – a further £33.33 per pupil.
Using catch-up funding
Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the curriculum expectations for the next academic year in actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak.
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.