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Shirehampton Primary School

Coronavirus Catch Up and Recovery Premium

What is the Coronavirus Catch-up Premium and Recovery Premium funding?

Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit. The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial, and the scale of our response must match the scale of the challenge.

The government has 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. Although all children have had their education disrupted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it is likely that disadvantaged and vulnerable groups will have been hardest hit. In February 2021, the government announced a one-off recovery premium as part of its package of funding to support education recovery. The recovery premium provides additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year. Building on the pupil premium, this funding will help schools to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting disadvantaged pupils.

Shirehampton Primary School Focus for Coronavirus Catch Up and Recovery Premium

As a school we are focusing on supporting our pupils

  • Mental health and well being
  1. Through a recovery curriculum at the start of the year
  2. Targeted PHSE sessions, consistent programme throughout the school
  3. A variety of support programmes which are needs led and child specific; some with our use of Thrive practitioner
  4. Real focus on our school values to raise pupil’s engagement with learning
  5. Revisit school’s positive behaviour policy to ensure consistency and high quality support for all pupils at all times
  • Individual and pupil attainment
  1. Training of all staff on the teaching of phonics and writing to ensure all children have high-quality first teaching
  2. Additional high quality booster teacher time running intervention groups and 1:1 support sessions for every year group


How are we using the Coronavirus Catch-up and Recovery Premiums?

As a school we will receive £34,560 catch up and £17,415 recovery funding. SPS will be using the money provided by the government to employ a booster teacher for each phase across the school, this will mainly be used to support children with their phonics, early reading skills and basic English and math skills which were missed during the National Lockdown.

How will we measure the effectiveness of the Catch-up and Recovery Premium?

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

The effect of the Catch Up and Recovery Premium expenditure will be measured through termly teacher assessments that will be recorded in our school data tracking system with the expectation that those children receiving the Catch-Up and Recovery intervention sessions will reach the expected standard for their year group.


Our Coronavirus Catch-up and Recovery Premium Spending Plan can be found here: Coronavirus Catch up and Recovery premium spending plan