As a result of the Covid19 pandemic and subsequent closure of schools, the Government issued an amount of catch-up funding to all schools to support with closing gaps in learning. The amount of funding allocated is based on pupil numbers and is paid over two financial years.
We used the government recommended ‘Covid-19 Support Guide for Schools’ published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to identify the most effective strategies to ensure that our decisions for allocating and spending the funding were based on evidence-based research thus ensuring the best possible outcomes for pupils.
We considered 3 approaches:
- Whole class teaching priorities
- Targeted support (small groups and one to one)
- Wider strategies including resourcing and home-school links
Please see 'Covid Recovery Plan' for a summary of how we allocated the funds and the subsequent impact.