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. Timberley Academy will be receiving £47,680 catch-up premium in the academic year 2020-2021.
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. That is why, alongside the universal catch-up premium, the government has also launched a £350 million National Tutoring Programme to provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who need the most help. Timberley Academy will be accessing this programme to support some of our pupils to fill gaps in learning.
Schools should use the catch-up premium 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 for the next academic year. Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.
Please find below Timberley's Catch-up Premium Plan. This plan is updated regularly based upon ongoing assessments. Completed actions are highlighted in yellow. Evaluations of the success of actions will be completed as the effect of our expenditure on the educational attainment of pupils at the school is assessed.