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Covid-19 Catch Up Premium


St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School Covid-19  Catch Up Premium


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Summary Information

Academic Year

Number of Pupils on Roll

Total Catch Up Premium Funding



£33, 680



The government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds.


Mainstream schools have been allocated £80 for each pupil in from reception to year 11 inclusive.


Similar to the pupil premium, schools should use the sum available to them as a single total even though funding is calculated on a per pupil or per place basis. Funding will only be available for the 2020 to 2021 academic year and will not be added to schools’ baselines in calculating future years’ funding allocations.


On 20th March 2020, The government suspended the National Curriculum and closed schools and nurseries to all but the children of critical workers and vulnerable children. The guidance was clear that if children could be at home, they should.

At St Edmund Campion, we had approximately ten-fifteen children attending each day with twenty on the register.


From June 1st, as instructed by the government, we were able to welcome back certain year groups:

  • our nursery and reception children on a week on/week off rota.
  • 48 Year 1 children
  • 59 Year 6 children
  • 60 children of critical workers and vulnerable children

The school closure to so many children, meant that around 210 of our (2019-20) children missed about fourteen weeks of formal schooling. Children had very different experiences of lockdown and it important to give careful consideration to how the C19 Catch Up Premium and indeed the wider school budget is allocated in 2020-21




How Guidance allows Funds to be Spent

EEF Recommendations

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.


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.


The EEF advises the following as approaches to consider:


Teaching and whole school strategies

  • Supporting great teaching
  • Pupil assessment and feedback
  • Transition support


Targeted approaches

  • One to one and small group tuition
  • Intervention programmes
  • Extended school time


Wider strategies

  • Supporting parent and carers
  • Access to technology


Planned Expenditure to address areas identified by school staff

Teaching and Whole School Strategies

To further improve quality first teaching:

Remote Learning Inset for new to school teachers to attend Tom Sherrington’s masterclass CPD on Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction

Additional workbooks to be purchased for staff new to this pedagogy followed at St Edmund Campion





To ensure Y6 cohort are ready for the Y6/7 transition both academically and mentally:

Split the 60 Y6 children across three classes and qualified teachers in order to best meet the academic and social needs of the cohort.

To appoint PSA to work with the Y6 children and parents







To ensure StEC has sufficient quantity of books to supply the reception and KS1 children with bundles of carefully matched decodable phonics books home for reading in line with the Risk Assessment ‘resting’ guidelines. Purchase additional books to supplement the current scheme.


Targeted Approaches

To identify children who would most benefit from small group and 1:1 interventions and employ and train teaching assistants to provide support.


To staff the extended days (to support staggering of day)





Wider Strategies

Parent Support Advisor to support vulnerable families and children with range of issues resulting from lockdown including domestic violence, food poverty, anxiety and school refusal.



Total: £33600

The Covid-19 Catch Up Premium forms a contribution to total costs in these key areas.  Actual costs in all areas are far higher and accounted for in the total school budget.