Catch Up Funding

The 16 to 19 Tuition Fund

The 16 to 19 tuition fund is available to all 16 to 19 providers and is ring-fenced for small group tuition only. Sir Thomas Rich’s School will use the funding to support our 16-19 students with low prior attainment, prioritising those who did not achieve a GCSE grade 4 or above in English and/or maths at age 16, whilst also considering those students who did not achieve a grade 4 in other GCSE subjects.

The School’s 16-19 tuition fund award for 2020-21 amounts to £715. Sir Thomas Rich’s school has been spending this by providing one to one tuition for students retaking GCSE Mathematics and English Language.

Outcomes will be seen in December 2020 and August 2021, when results of these GCSE examinations are published.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium

The government COVID-19 catch-up premium has been established to mitigate the effects of the unique disruption caused by coronavirus.

Schools have been asked to use this funding for specific activities to support pupils to catch up for lost teaching time over the previous months.

To support schools to make the best use of the funding, the EEF has published a support guide:

The EEF guide to supporting school planning - A tiered_approach to 2021

A summary of their best practice is as follows:

Overall strategy area Specific strategies
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 parents and carers
Access to technology
Summer support

As with all government funding, school leaders and governors must be able to account for how the money is being used. Therefore the impact and spending strategy for this catch-up premium will be reviewed at the Curriculum and Evaluation Committee Meetings of the Governing Body.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium strategy outline

AcademySir Thomas Rich’s School
HeadteacherMr Matthew Morgan
Chair of GovernorsMr Roger Ogle
Amount of Covid-19 Catch-Up Premium£55,280 + £715 (post 16 allocation)

Strategy Area

Specific Strategy

Success Criteria

Cost

Teaching

Supporting the continued teaching of all classes throughout periods of isolation/lockdown through use of technological platforms to facilitate online delivery. Continued training of teachers to deliver great teaching using these platforms.

All teachers able to deliver online lessons to all of their classes. During periods of lockdown, all lessons will include a live streamed element using Microsoft Teams supported by resources posted online using Satchel One.

£2000

Teaching

Investing in technology for teachers to provide great teaching to both isolating pupils (via streamed lessons) and when in lockdown (remote sessions). Use of visualisers, webcams, Wacom tablets and provision of laptops to some staff. Improved Broadband service to support increased use of online services.

Use of technology embedded in lessons as observed by line managers.

£16500

Teaching

Purchase of online resources to aid the delivery of lessons for pupils isolating or in lockdown and to facilitate setting of focused catch-up exercises. These include online text books for Maths, English and Science within the Satchel One platform.

Evidence from departmental scrutiny indicates that these resources are routinely used.

£900

Teaching

KS4 Core Studies programme – all Year 11 pupils have dedicated daily time scheduled for activities to support their knowledge in core curriculum areas (Maths, English and Science).

GCSE grades in core subject are in line with or better than those achieved pre-Covid

£4000

Teaching

Extra September Assessment window – additional testing for all Year groups in September to make an early identification of gaps in knowledge.

Pupils with significant gaps in knowledge are identified and allocated to suitable interventions such as attendance at Period 5 sessions.

£2600

Teaching

Provide support for English teachers to improve and standardise assessment at GCSE in order to more accurately identify pupils’ gaps in knowledge.

Data analysis of moderated English assessments produced with pupils in need of additional support clearly identified.

£2500

Targeted Approaches

Targeted small group tuition for KS3 and KS4 pupils in need of specific support with English delivered by external specialist teachers to supplement the provision offered by the department.

Order Grades for pupils receiving this tuition evidence sustained improvement.

£2400

Targeted Approaches

Individual tuition for KS5 pupils in need of specific support with English delivered by external specialist teachers to supplement the provision offered by the department.

Order Grades for pupils receiving this tuition evidence sustained improvement.

£2400

Targeted Approaches

Targeted one to one tuition for pupils in Key Stage 5 retaking GCSE Mathematics delivered by a specialist teacher to supplement the provision offered by the department.

Order Grades for pupils receiving this tuition evidence sustained improvement.

£3600

Targeted Approaches

Period 5 provision for pupils with identified gaps in knowledge in all subjects in KS4 and KS5.

Order Grades for pupils receiving this tuition evidence sustained improvement.

£3000

Targeted Approaches

Key Stage 5 provision of one to one and small group tuition for identified pupils in Science subjects delivered by external specialist teachers to supplement the provision offered by the department.

Order Grades for pupils receiving this tuition evidence sustained improvement.

£2500

Wider Strategies

Provide vulnerable pupils with technology to support their learning including during periods of remote learning through the purchase of laptops, tablets and headphones.

All pupils able to participate in remote sessions and access digital resources outside of School – pupils may also be invited to work in School during lockdown situations where technological barriers persist. Pupils reporting these difficulties have high lesson attendance rates in Teams and achieve high AtL grades in Orders.

£4500

Wider Strategies

Purchase and use of the video conferencing facilities Parents Evenings Booking System in order to continue to provide feedback on progress and areas to improve to both parents and pupils.

Parent Evening continue according to the published schedule in 2020-21.

£650

Wider Strategies

Purchase and use of the video conferencing facilities Parents Evenings Booking System in order to continue to provide feedback on progress and areas to improve to both parents and pupils.

Parent Evening continue according to the published schedule in 2020-21.

£350

Wider Strategies

Investment in hardware and software for the production of video assemblies, speech night, sixth form induction and open evenings to aid parental communication and pupil transitions/wellbeing.

Video events are produced in place of live events and broadcast successfully to the targeted audience. Pupil transitions are successful as evidenced by Order grades for Year 7 and 12.

£6500

Wider Strategies

Investment in digital services (Zoom) to allow some extracurricular groups to continue to run, in particular Music and Drama groups

Music and Drama groups use these services and participation is broadly equivalent to live sessions run in previous years

£500

Wider Strategies

Production of “Welcome Back” guides and “Teaching and Learning Update” digital brochures during the Autumn Term to inform parents of the arrangements the School has put in place

These brochures are produced and distributed online; feedback form parents is positive.

£2000