Cranbourne Primary School

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COVID Catch-up Premium

‘Catch up’ Premium Statement


In June, the government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. The money for the catch up premium is designed to ensure that schools have the support they need for all pupils make up for lost teaching time, and the money is designed to provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who need the most help.


The catch-up premium is funded on a per pupil basis at £80 per pupil. This will be based on the previous year’s census, meaning we are predicting Cranbourne will be in receipt of £80 x 201 = £16080. It is not expected, however, that there will be a spend of £80 on each and every pupil in schools. The government has made it clear that the spending of this money will be down to schools to allocate as they see fit.


There are four broad aims for “catch up” at Cranbourne:


  • The mental health needs of pupils are well met and supported by the school
  • To build up our children’s resilience and perseverance
  • Additional teaching to support missed learning across core subjects to minimalise the gaps in learning by the end of 2021
  • A commitment to ensure Year 6 are prepared for secondary school


At Cranbourne, following the advice from the EEF the Covid-19 ‘Catch up’ money will be used in order to provide:


  • curriculum resources and materials that support mental health and well-being of pupils e.g. PSP and ELSA sessions.
  • employment of an experienced teacher to tutor small groups of children who have been identified as needing “catch up” in their learning.
  • the opportunity to participate in the DfE’s Nuffield Early Language Intervention in Foundation Stage. This is an evidence based 20 week oral language intervention programme for children in their first year of primary school who may need additional support in developing their oral language skills.