In response to the disruption caused by COVID-19, schools received additional funding to support 'catch-up' activities designed to address the impact of lost time in school. The school's Catch-up and Recovery Strategy provides detail about how this, together with other funding, is being deployed at Wade Deacon.
The Department for Education (DfE) explains that the literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides schools with additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2.
In relation to the ‘expected standard’, pupils awarded a scaled score of:
at least 100 will have met the expected standard of the test;
a score of 99 or below will not have met the expected standard in the test.
This means that the funding should be spent on ensuring that pupils with a scaled score of 99 or below in reading or maths tests at KS2 reach the expected standard as soon as possible.
To achieve improvements in this area, the following interventions take place:
-Summer School for Transition;
-Early morning intervention with Classroom Assistants;
As final payments of the Year 7 catch-up premium were made in relation to the 2019 to 2020 academic year, the 2020 to 2021 academic year will be the last year on which schools must report how this funding was used.