Recovery Premium Grant
The recovery premium grant is additional funding that the Government has made available to support pupils whose education has been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).
The funds are allocated to all schools on a ‘per pupil basis’ for all pupils in Reception through to year 11.
Schools are free to spend the Coronavirus catch-up premium as appropriate based on the particular needs and the professional judgement of teachers and school leaders. However, schools are accountable for how they use the additional funding and are expected to evaluate and monitor the impact of different approaches. (see DfE Guidance )
Main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils
The main barrier to educational achievement for all of the children at Walton Leigh is their severe and complex learning difficulties.
For the 2022-2023 academic year, Walton Leigh was allocated £33,120.
Summary of planned provision 2022-23
Additional teaching assistant hours - £23,620
High quality teaching - A teaching assistant will be employed full time to enable senior leaders, middle leaders and teaching staff to be released for additional curriculum and assessment development time focussed on developing high quality teaching and a curriculum which responds to the specific needs of our pupils.
There will also be additional time made available for staff to focus on professional development support in key development areas such as phonics and supporting a small number of individual pupils social, emotional and behavioural needs though individualised pastoral support
Autism Specialist support - £9,500
We will employ an autism specialist one day a week to provide professional development support in meeting the needs of our pupils with autism. This will support the development of staff skills in ‘non-negotiables’ such as communication, emotional and sensory regulation and transitions.
How we’ll measure the impact of Coronavirus catch-up premium
We use a range of approaches to collect, collate and analyse data on pupil progress, both for ILP and more academic progress. We will also use existing self-evaluation systems to measuring the impact of catch-up premium on the quality of teaching, assessment and curriculum through the School development Plan and SEFs.
How Coronavirus catch-up premium was used 2021-22
Amount allocated for the 2021-2022 academic year - £6,000
We focused on supporting those pupils most effected by the pandemic; this may be because they were not able to attend school during the ‘lockdown’ or because they are struggling to adjust to the changes made to the school day resulting from the pandemic.
1:1 Individual Support
An extra teaching assistant was employed full time to enable class staff to be deployed to work 1:1 with targeted pupils and as directed by the class teacher. Additional support specifically focused on communication, personal and emotional skills, cognitive skills, physical development and independence and was planned and monitored by the class teacher. Progress in these areas was regularly assessed to ensure that the intervention was having the necessary impact.
We have completed some case studies which demonstrate the impact of the COVID-19 funding for a cross section of pupils. (see impact summary)