Catch-Up Premium

Catch Up Premium 2020-2021

The Government has allocated funding to each school to support “Catch-up” for pupils.

This Dfe guidance states:

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 guidance on curriculum expectations for the next academic year.


In order to support schools, the Education Endowment Foundation (EFF) has produce two guidance documents:

“The EEF guide to supporting school planning – A tiered approach to 2020-21”

“Covid-19 support guide for schools”


These documents suggest that schools plan using a tiered approach with respect to school improvement and also with respect to planning how to support children to catch-up.

“Catch-up” in this context refers to the children learning the main aspects of the curriculum they missed when they were in the first lockdown (March-August 2020.)


This tiered approach describes 3 tiers and the areas of provision within the tiers which schools they suggest should be focussed on to have the greatest impact this year.

(The italic text are those areas detailed in the “Covid-19 support guide for schools.”)

Tier 1 – Teaching (High-quality for all, effective diagnostic assessment, supporting remote learning and focussing on professional development). Teaching and wholes school strategies (Supporting great teaching, Pupil assessment and feedback and Transition support)

Tier 2 – Targeted academic support (high quality one to one and small group tuition, teaching assistants and targeted support, academic tutoring, planning for pupils with SEND). Targeted approaches (One to one and small group tuition, Intervention programmes and extended school time)

Tier 3 – Wider strategies (supporting pupils social, emotional and behavioural needs, planning carefully for adopting SEL (social and emotional learning) curriculum, supporting parents with pupils of different ages and successfully implementation in challenging times). Wider strategies (Supporting parent and carers, access to technology)


Catch Up Premium at Cornerstone

Our school has been allocated a total of £15,360 for this academic year and this is split with £8,960 paid within the 2020-2021 financial year and £6,400 paid in the 2021-2022 financial year.

The DFE guidance on catch-up premium references the two school planning documents so we as a school have decided to use the tiers to support our decision-making with respect to how we spend our catch-up premium.  The decisions are also guided by the school’s vision and our determination to ensure all our children “catch-up” and we do not allow this pandemic to adversely affect any of our children’s academic or emotional development.


The steps so far:

  1. Identification of the key objectives for Reading, Writing and Maths to be “caught up” from the previous academic year
  2. Identification of the key objectives for this current academic year to ensure children have secure foundation for next year.
  3. Continuous Diagnostic Assessment with respect to the key objectives for the previous and current academic years.
  4. Responsive planning, teaching, groupings and use of feedback based on the information above.
  5. Identification of pupils with the greatest catch-up learning needs to attend after school Tutoring sessions with their class teacher, or another member of teaching staff. These groups will be reviewed each half-term to ensure those with the greatest needs are being supported.
  6. Employment of a trained teacher as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant to provide additional small group support during afternoons.
  7. The school ensuring that pupil and staff Wellbeing is the key priority on the school’s Strategic Development Plan: ensuring all classes benefit from the Wellbeing Project and ELSA provision is provided for 4 afternoons each week.
  8. Implementation and training for staff, pupils and families in the use of: Tapestry (YR), OneDrive folders (Y1-Y3) and Microsoft Teams (Y4-Y6) to support home school communication, Home Learning and Remote Learning if self-isolation of pupils is required.