Catch Up and Pupil Premium Funding 2020/2021

The government has provided  a one-off universal catch-up premium for the 2020/2021 academic year.

The aim of the funding is to support pupils to catch up for lost learning due to the unique disruption caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and enable schools to meet the curriculum expectations for this academic year.

Schools should use the funding in the ways they feel most effective for the pupils in their school. This strategy is aligned with the William de Ferrers pupil premium strategy and the whole school improvement priorities.

How will the funding be spent? 
There are no specific requirements for how or who to spend it on but to identify individual pupils or groups of pupils that will benefit most from the funding. In writing this strategy guidance from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)  has been used to ensure funding is spent in the best possible way.
16-19 funding
This funding is being provided to support small group tuition for 16 to 19 students in English, maths and other courses where learning has been disrupted.

For example, vocational courses where assessment has been deferred because of lockdown.  Although the actual tuition does not need to be for GCSE English or maths, the students supported all need to be those who have not achieved grade 5 or above in at least one of those subjects at this level by age 16.  All supported students must be on a 16 to 19 study programme.

William de Ferrers will  prioritise support for students who have not achieved a grade 4 in English and or maths and who will benefit from small group tuition. The school will also have regard to the needs of students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), particularly where they have experienced additional disruption to learning as a result of their specific needs and disabilities.

The William de Ferrers School has decided to spend the 16-19 funding in the following areas:

- Additional preliminary exams for year 13 to support DTT process (diagnosis, therapy, testing)

- Support the social, emotional and behavioural needs of students through a contribution to the purchase of Edlounge programme

- Timetabled English/maths lessons from September 2020 with a qualified teacher, resit exams in November

- Support the physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing of students by providing technology support i.e. access to a chromebook or wireless connection device.

- Contribution towards the Year 12 insight into management course