11-16 catch up funding
The government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after the school closure in the last academic year. This funding is aimed at mitigating the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Academy has been allocated with a sum of money to be spent on our 11-16-students, with each instance being entitled to £80. As an academy we received the funding based on the number of kids on roll for the 2020 to 2021 academic year which is paid to us in 3 instalments across the year.
As an academy we propose to spend this funding money to support our pupils in a variety of ways ensuring that we go above and beyond the programmes of education already planned for 2020 to 2021.
With our learners in mind we have decided that the most effective way of utilising this money is to split it into two categories, one being face to face intervention and the other department based resources.
The planned intervention/ tuition sessions within each subject area are planned across the academic year involving different year groups. These sessions will be held additionally as a twilight after the timetabled scheduled hours of an evening, during Saturday academy and during our school holidays. These session will focus upon pupils who are struggling with elements of the curriculum or need extra support with certain aspects.
Additionally to intervention each department has requested resources to assist with the delivery of their curriculum and look at ways of providing additional support through resources, licenses, online subscriptions, trips, webinars and educational speakers.
Taking into consideration our learners and their personal needs and local circumstances, as some sessions will be ran remotely due to ongoing Covid isolations the investment in resources to assist them will be considered. We have taken the decision as a school that pupils need to be supported during potential isolation periods and if in the event of a school closure again.