Covid 19 Catch Up Premium

Covid 19 Catch Up Premium

In 2020, the government announced £1 billion of funding to support schools to help children and young people to catch up lost time after school closures due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

Schools were provided with guidance in the Covid 19 Support Guide for Schools on the ways that this funding could be most effectively used to address the far reaching impact of the pandemic.  While schools could use their funding in a way that best suits their cohort and circumstances, we are expected to use this funding for specific activities which will help pupils catch up on missed education.

At Pinewood, we agree that our pupils’ access to technology has been an important factor affecting the extent to which they can learn effectively at home. In particular, lack of access to technology has been a barrier for many disadvantaged children. As all pupils return to schools, technology could also be valuable; for example, by facilitating access to online tuition or support.

We therefore decided to invest our Covid 19 catch up funding allocation of £38,400 on additional technology, by providing a laptop device to all students in school, regardless of their financial situation to support online learning and safer internet at home, use of IT in school and improved IT skills.

We will evaluate the impact of this intervention through an comparison of the number of students not making expected progress at the start of 2020/21 and those making expected progress at the end of the autumn term in 2021. It is necessary to evaluate this over 4 terms due to the ongoing impact of covid on in-school learning over a prolonged period of time. A further measure of impact will be the number of students engaged in learning remotely either during a restricted attendance period or in respect of homework and other out of school hours learning opportunities.

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