Coronavirus (COVID-19) Catch-Up Funding Strategy 20-21

Catch-up Funding: £50,240

Intended outcomes

The overall intention of the action plan below is to ensure that all pupils feel safe, happy and are ready to learn each day despite uncertainty relating to COVID. Pupils will achieve the targets set in the APA around pupil outcomes and attendance because the targets in the action plan have been achieved.

Specific outcomes

  1. To close gaps in learning, in particular reading, as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, with a particular focus on those pupils who are most disadvantaged. Pupils to achieve expected outcomes in line with targets set in the APA.
  2. To provide an outstanding Quality of Education  which engages pupils and raises aspirations. Challenge partners to judge the Quality of Education as outstanding when monitoring visits are completed in the Spring.

Action Plan

At Dartford Primary Academy we use a tiered approach to spending to balance approaches:

  1. improving teaching
  2. targeted academic support and 
  3. wider strategies.
Improving Teaching

Intervention

Purpose

Target Pupils and Barriers to learning

Cost

Success Criteria (How funding overcomes barriers)

Review

Intervention

Implementation of a full digital strategy for teaching in Y5 through the purchase of 1:1 Chromebooks for every child

Purpose

To give all pupils required skills to become successful digital citizens.

To ensure pupils are able to access and progress in the learning from anywhere, digitally.

Target Pupils and Barriers to learning

Whole school

Some pupils are not ‘fluent’ in using online learning resources and platforms.

Cost

£25,560

Success Criteria (How funding overcomes barriers)

96%  pupils to be digitally literate.

96% of all pupils know how to keep themselves safe online.

96% of  parents engage with Google classroom  as a digital platform for communication.

Review

Intervention

Talk for Writing training for all staff

Purpose

To develop teachers’ and TAs’ skills in teaching writing.

Target Pupils and Barriers to learning

Whole school

Writing outcomes are numerically lower across the academy.

Cost

£1,250

Success Criteria (How funding overcomes barriers)

70% of pupils to achieve expected in writing by the end of the academic year.

Review

Intervention

TT Education licence

Purpose

To ensure all staff have a solid knowledge of all areas of the curriculum they teach. It will support the  development teachers’ knowledge and understanding of foundation subjects

and wider pedagogical issues.  This will allow for a breath of curriculum to be delivered confidently and consistently.  With good subject knowledge opportunities for writing and cross curricular learning can be further explored.

Target Pupils and Barriers to learning

All

Not all staff have the background knowledge needed.

Cost

£2,400

Success Criteria (How funding overcomes barriers)

All lessons across foundation subjects are judged to be at least effective with at least 14% judged as highly effective.

Review

Targeted Academic Support

Intervention

Purpose

Target Pupils and Barriers to learning

Cost

Success Criteria (How funding overcomes barriers)

Review

Intervention

1:3 tutoring through the National Tutoring Programme with Protocol Education

Purpose

To have a member of staff who can focus on accelerating learning and addressing key gaps in targeted interventions.

Target Pupils and Barriers to learning

Y6

Capacity within current staffing does not always give the opportunity to run these.

Cost

£1069

Success Criteria (How funding overcomes barriers)

Year 6 pupils to achieve expected outcomes predicted in the APA.

70 % of pupils in Year 5 achieve combined expected outcomes. 70% of pupils achieve expected outcomes in reading.

Review

Intervention

1:1 phonics teaching assistant

Purpose

To employ a member of staff to run daily phonics 1:1

Target Pupils and Barriers to learning

Y1

Cost

£28.29 for 2 hours a day

£141.45 a week

20 weeks is £2,829

Success Criteria (How funding overcomes barriers)

Phonics screening – in line with national averages for children passing the test in the summer term.

Review

Intervention

CGP books

Purpose

To close key gaps in reading and writing.

Target Pupils and Barriers to learning

Y6

Cost

£1000

Success Criteria (How funding overcomes barriers)

60% of Y6 pupils to achieve combined expected standard.

Review

Wider Strategies

Intervention

Purpose

Target Pupils and Barriers to learning

Cost

Success Criteria (How funding overcomes barriers)

Review

Intervention

Reading

Purchase of AR books.

Purpose

To purchase new AR books, particularly targeted at the lower levels so that pupils have engaging resources to read and want to read.

Target Pupils and Barriers to learning

KS2 pupils
KS1 pupils off of RWI

Limited numbers of white and green books.

Cost

£5,000

Success Criteria (How funding overcomes barriers)

A majority of pupils in each year group are reading at an age appropriate level by year end.

Review

December 2020
£2899 spent so far. Will review further spending in March 2021 to see where the need is for more books with the levels.

Intervention

History

Large ‘wall art style’ history timelines to be purchased for both sites

Purpose

To have historically and mathematically accurate timelines in order to support pupils in developing accurate historical understanding.

Target Pupils and Barriers to learning

All

Classrooms do not have space to display timelines that give chronological understanding across the whole period of study

Cost

£2840

Success Criteria (How funding overcomes barriers)

Pupils can accurately (and age appropriately) put events into chronological period.

Review

Intervention

Wellbeing

Implementation of a wellbeing strategy and the resources required to do this.

Purpose

To implement wellbeing moments and strategies across the school day to help pupils develop strategies for managing themselves.

To raise the profile of strategies pupils can use when they’re worried about something.

Target Pupils and Barriers to learning

All

Pressures of catching up curriculum gaps can sometimes overwhelm time for reflection. Not all staff are confident in the strategies to use to support pupils.

Cost

£1500

Success Criteria (How funding overcomes barriers)

Worry boxes are used effectively in classrooms.

Pupils can talk about the breathing strategies they use.

Review

Intervention

Travel to Y5 and Y6 experience days at Wilmington Academy.

Purpose

To raise pupils’ aspirations of being secondary-ready.

Target Pupils and Barriers to learning

Y6

Cost

£540

Success Criteria (How funding overcomes barriers)

Pupil voice evidences that pupils recognise the role primary education plays in preparing them for secondary school and their onwards careers.

Review

Intervention

Creation of an additional Y6 classroom

Purpose

To accelerate progress by closing gaps.

Target Pupils and Barriers to learning

Y6

Pupils have varying gaps and therefore smaller, targeted teaching groups allow more specific focus on these.

Cost

£2000

Success Criteria (How funding overcomes barriers)

60% of pupils to achieve combined expected at the end of Y6.

Review

Left to spend £4252