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COVID 19 Catch-Up Funding

After careful consideration as to how best we could use the Covid 19 catch up funding, we identified priorities for the Recovery Curriculum as follows:

Additional Staff and Resources

We carried out a baseline assessment at the start of the Autumn term in each class and we identified areas for our Recovery Programme.

Catch up sessions in numeracy and English have been delivered both in KS1 and KS2 by teachers who devised programmes of study which addressed the gaps in learning highlighted by the assessment results.  Tracking and monitoring of progress will indicate the progress that has been made.  We expect that the gaps will close over time and this will be evident in future termly assessments.

We allocated additional staff to conduct small group work in Numeracy and in English across KS1 & KS2 with additional focus on phonics in KS1.  This last area was felt to be a priority as many pupils in Year 2 had gaps in phonics.  We have embarked on a new phonic scheme in order to bolster children’s proficiency in reading and spelling.

Fine motor skills is another area that we identified for consolidation, concentrating particularly on handwriting.

We are acutely aware of the effects of the recent months on the mental health of our pupils.  We have allocated extra time and staff for a PSHE Recovery programme throughout the school.   This also ties in with our “4 R’s” in education – Resilience, Reciprocity, Resourcefulness and Reflectiveness.   In the main we find that the pupils do not exhibit unusual anxiety and stress following this intervention.  For the pupils who require it, we have engaged a Counsellor and an Art Therapist to give one-to-one sessions.   In addition, we felt that extra physical activity would be beneficial to children at this time and we allocated extra PE lessons for all classes.

We purchased extra laptops for the school to enhance our home learning delivery programme.  In addition, extra hardware has facilitated the allocation of extra staff working areas.  This enable us to keep our staff safe and well.