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The Department of Education announced funding to support students whose learning has been disrupted as a result of the COVID pandemic.

This 11-16 Catch Up Premium Funding is available to all secondary schools such as ours and is ring-fenced for students aged 11 to 16.

The overall aims of the BHS catch-up premium strategy is to:

  • reduce the attainment gap between BHS disadvantaged pupils and their peers
  • raise the attainment of all pupils to close the gap created by COVID-19 school closures

The effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of pupils at BHS will be assessed via:

  • Fortnightly meetings between Heads of Departments and SLT.
  • Termly data capture points- impact assessment and review
  • Analysis of GCSE Exam results
  • All requested resources approved by SLT
  • Monitoring and tracking of resources centrally by Finance team

Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the curriculum expectations for the next academic year in actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak.

Schools can use their funding in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances, and we at BHS are using this funding for specific activities which will help pupils catch up on missed education.

The full guidance can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/catch-up-premium-coronavirus-covid-19/catch-up-premium

All BHS Heads of Department have identified Curriculum Catch Up Plans and have actioned resources targeted to help 11-16 students catch up in their curriculum studies.

The funding for example can be used to support small group tuition (both external and internal providers) for 11 to 16 students in English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, MFL and other GCSE courses where learning has been disrupted.

Support sessions and curriculum resources will be prioritised for Pupil Premium and vulnerable students. Laptops have been provided to all pupil premium students whose need required.

Tuition Support offered will be based on an individual needs assessment identified by Heads of Department, the identification of an individual starting point, clear learning goals, expectations and outcomes.

 

Our commitment

The school is committed to ensuring the Catch Up Premium Fund is used in accordance with the Government’s guidance on the 11-16 Catch Up Premium Fund by:

  • producing this statement setting out how the fund will be used to support the most disadvantaged students
  • publishing this guidance on the school website
  • recording internally the use of the fund, including references to individual students who receive support, the needs of those students, the number of hours of tuition delivered and retain the evidence of the tuition provided
  • deliver the extra tuition where identified as a need and spend the allocated funds in the academic year 2023/24