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Catch Up/COVID Catch Up

The Government believes that by investing specific funding to identified cohorts of learners there will be a significant reduction in the attainment difference between sub groups of pupils. In response to Government thinking there is now a separate allocation of funding called the Catch-Up Premium. The money is to be used by schools to deliver additional tuition or intensive support in small groups, whilst also minimising the risk of pupils missing out on the daily curriculum.  The funding provides valuable support to ensure pupils are more likely to succeed at The Priory Witham Academy. The Government expects the funding to be used for additional literacy and numeracy catch-up during Year 7 given that this can make a critical difference to pupils at this important stage. 

Catch Up Intended Outcomes

  1. The percentage of pupils working at age related expectation in English will increase by the end of Year 7.
  2. The percentage of pupils working at age related expectation in Mathematics will increase by the end of Year 7.

In selecting strategies for catch-up we use two main sources of information:

  1. Literacy and Numeracy catch-up strategies report -  Department for Education Report; and,
  2. The Education Endowment Fund web site – This web-site identifies the most effective strategies for classroom practice, their costs and impact (reinforced by the ranking of successful strategies in the Prof John Hattie publication Visible Learning).

The report below explains in more detail the approaches chosen for the pupils of the Priory Witham Academy.  Once the impact of the strategies has been evaluated decisions are made on the continuation of all or some of these for groups and/or individuals.  Where appropriate, new strategies are introduced (with those strategies identified as being effective from recent research).