Catch up Premium Statement

The Catch-up Premium was introduced by the government in June 2020 to support schools to ensure that pupils make up for missed learning that may have occurred as a result of the global pandemic. 

All schools in receipt of the Catch-up Premium Grant are required to report on how it is intended that the grant will be used and how the impact of this expenditure on attainment will be assessed.  Schools are not required to report on the amount of funding received, however St. Augustine’s allocation totals £7,360.  

Schools are able to use their funding in a way that best suits their individual circumstances and for specific activities to support pupils’ education recovery in line with curriculum expectations.  Schools are also expected to focus on those pupils considered disadvantaged or vulnerable as it is likely that they will have been most affected.

How is the grant being used?

Throughout the pandemic, class teachers utilised assessment strategies including targeted questioning, set tasks, NFER and past SATs papers to identify gaps in pupils' knowledge and skills, alongside identifying those who had not progressed as would be expected.  To make the best use of this funding, the school referred to the Education Endowment Foundation for evidence-based approaches to inform our decisions.

The following areas were identified to support pupils' education recovery:

  • One-to-one or small group tuition for targeted pupils, led by school teaching staff
  • Structured interventions for individuals or small groups, led by school teaching staff
  • One to one tuition for targeted pupils in KS2 led by The National tutoring programme
  • Learning mentor time for individual pupils

How will impact be assessed?

As with any targeted intervention that the school delivers, the pupils are measured either using a specific measuring tool linked to a programme or using NFER test scores, before and after the intervention. Pupils will be tracked for increased scores and whether identified gaps are reducing.

However, at St. Augustine’s we value all forms of assessment and appreciate that, although tests provide a simple measurement at a single point in time, professional knowledge and dialogue regarding each unique individual continues to be a key factor in assessing impact. Pupil progress meetings will continue to be held on a termly basis to build a complete picture of attainment and progress.