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Covid 'Catch-up' Premium Plan

Catch Up Premium Strategy Plan 2020/21

Expected funding £3200


‘Teachers and families across the country have provided extraordinary support to help children learn at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, for many children, the disruption caused by school closures will have had a negative impact on learning and wellbeing.’  Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) – COVID-19 Support Guide for Schools June 2020

Using catch-up funding

‘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 curriculum expectations for the next academic year …’ DfE February 2021


At Bedfield CEVC Primary School, we know that lockdown and school closure has been a challenging time for children. Parents and teachers have worked hard to ensure that home learning has been as effective as it can be in supporting children to develop knowledge and skills across the curriculum, particularly in English and Maths. However, we recognise that lack of direct teaching, classroom support and the presence of peers, has made learning harder.  We use teacher assessment to ascertain where pupils need catch up support. They may need support for their wellbeing and/or for their learning. 




Success Criteria

Expected Expenditure

Actual Expenditure and Impact

Small class sizes

‘Great teaching is the most important lever schools have to improve outcomes for their pupils.’ (EEF – June 2020) Therefore we have kept class sizes small, by splitting into three full time class ‘bubbles’. This enables teachers to provide more focused support to all pupils.

With smaller teacher: pupil ratios, every child will benefit from teacher support. This will help teachers to closely assess individual learning gaps/wellbeing needs, and effectively support their pupils.

£1500 towards additional staff salary


Teaching Assistant support in class

TA assistance extends the support teachers are able to give to their pupils. Tas are trained as Mental Health Champions to support children’s wellbeing.

Children benefit from adults having time to support them in small groups and as individuals. They have an ambassador for their emotional and wellbeing needs. This helps them settle back into school life and move forward with heir learning.

£500 towards TA salary


1:1 Support from HT

(2hrs a week)

HT takes small groups for Emotional Literacy support and for a ‘Talking Partners’ group.

Children learn to deal with social situations more easily. Children build confidence with their speaking and listening skills

£500 towards HT salary


1:1 Support from TAs

Tas take small groups/individuals out for catch up support


£500 towards TA salary


RM Maths

A programme to support children in regular revision and learning of key maths skills.

Children build confidence in their maths across the maths curriculum. This closes gaps and helps them to make progress.



Spelling Frame

A programme to support children in regular practice and revision of spelling patterns.

Children’s ability to apply spelling patterns in their writing improves.