Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education because 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 therefore the COVID catch up fund from the government was granted to support school to provide additional support to pupils.
Primary Schools' allocations were calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in year Reception through to Year 6. Therefore our COVID catch up budget was £13,200.
As the catch-up premium has been designed to mitigate the effects of the unique disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), the grant was only available for the 2020 to 2021 academic year. It therefore has not been added to the schools’ baselines in calculating future years’ funding allocations.
Schools were advised to use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the guidance on curriculum expectations. However, Schools retained the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.
Leigh Primary School is committed to the safeguarding of pupils, families and its workforce. In response to guidance throughout the COVID-19 pandemic the school regularly updates its risk assessment and contingency planning. The school cannot eradicate risk of infection but acts in a proportionate way in order to reduce and manage the risk. Government guidance for schools has been withdrawn and regular lateral flow testing in no longer required. Please see links below to our Remote Education Provision.