St Michael's CE Primary
Spend for 2020/2021
The government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. St Michael's was given £52,400 from this fund.
Rationale for spending
We have used initial teacher assessments (such as reading conferences) alongside the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) guide on evidence-based approaches to deliver catch up, to support our decision making. Here is a summary of our spending:
Covid Catch up fund
Catch up intervention Teacher
The teacher supported teachers (predominantly in Years 1-4) with interventions, releasing teachers to provide booster sessions for their own children, or leading booster sessions for groups.
DHT or LP time to work with Catch up teacher (2hrs per week on average)
Additional Bug Club Books
Initial assessments identified a need to maximise reading at home through our Bug Club scheme. Additional books were required to ensure there was sufficient stock to enable this to happen, especially in KS1.
Fine motor control resources for YrR
Initial assessments identified that our incoming YrR cohort had poor fine motor skills, as a result of not being at preschool during the lockdown. More fine motor resources were purchased as a result.
Reading books for each year group (£1100 per year group + £450 for Lingualab + £350 for pre school)
Initial analysis through learning walks, year group observations and discussions with teaching staff identified the need to broaden the children's diet of books. It was felt the children had not been exposed to a range of books during lockdown and this was important to develop.
Training for Numicon maths resources to help with interventions.
Numicon online professional development for catch up interventions
Costs for NELI training
Training for staff to deliver Nuffield Early Language Intervention programme
Books and covers for start up books
These books were purchased to send out to children's homes during the lockdown.
Cathy Gunning EYFS training from national expert
To take place Autumn 2021
RE and history artefacts to enhance curriculum provision.
After history and RE monitoring reviews, it was clear children need to experience holding artefacts to enhance their understanding of units.
Book corner books in each year group.
Quality text books for history and geography lessons to enhance curriculum.
To enhance the quality of texts books used to support history and geography.
To reward children for reading regularly at home.