Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

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Catch up Premium Funding



For the 2020/21 academic year the government has provided additional funding following the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown. The purpose of the funding is to help children recover some of their lost learning from not being in school.


The government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.


School Allocation

School allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in years Reception through to Year 6. Sacred Heart will receive £16,000 for the 2020/21 academic year.


Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the guidance on curriculum expectations for the next academic year. Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.


As a school we have used this money as a contribution to the significant investment we have already made and plan to make in catch up funding for our pupils. Since lockdown we have:



Cost £

Established a third KS1 class and appointed an experienced early years/KS1 teacher. In doing this we made two of our classes in KS1 smaller. This gives the children more access to teaching and better meets the needs of those pupils who require additional, more tailored support.


Employed a speech and language specialist on a weekly basis to work with us in school. This has provided a more professional and reliable service where we can get assessments completed quickly and make immediate changes in class


All pupils offered additional Maths and English lessons delivered by qualified teachers in school between October to January 2021. Minimum of 6 hours of catch-up teaching.


When children are unable to attend school due to COVID-19 and/or self-isolation, school calls these pupils and provide mentoring advice and guidance. The school uses management information to inform a tiered approach to need, lost learning and hardship.


The school Deputy Headteacher and SENDCo tracks and monitors vulnerable children and children who made little or no progress during the March 2020 national lockdown. These children are then targeted through data tracking, in-class intervention and support sessions. Pupil progress meetings identifies these children and informs qualitative feedback given to teachers to help them engage with these target children.


The school has funded two alternative provision placements for children who were acutely adversely affected by lockdown.


The school has appointed two behaviour support workers as part of a staffing re-structure to meet the challenges presented by children in deprived circumstances returning to school after lockdown.





Accountability and Monitoring

As with all government funding, school leaders must be able to account for how this money is being used to achieve the goal of schools getting back on track and teaching a normal curriculum as quickly as possible.

Sacred Heart are transparent in tracking and accounting for the funding. The Academy Council will be informed termly of spending and targeted support. This document will be updated on the school website, as required.



Mr J Masley


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