Children and young people have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of Covid-19. The DfE has allocated £650 million for the academic year 2020-2021 to ensure that academies and schools have the support they need to help all students make up for the lost teaching time during the last academic year. Individual academy allocations are calculated on a per student basis, £80 per student in years Reception through to Year 11. The initial allocation for St Peter and St Paul Catholic Voluntary Academy is £39,520.
The DfE has set out the following Curriculum Expectations, to ensure that all students, especially disadvantaged, SEND and vulnerable pupils, are given the catch-up support needed to make substantial progress by the end of the academic year.
Education is not optional
All students receive a high-quality education that promotes their development and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
The curriculum remains broad and ambitious
Al students continue to be taught a wide range of subjects, maintaining their choices for further study and employment.
DfE asks that academies and schools meet the following key expectations:
- Teach an ambitious and broad curriculum in all subjects from the start of the Advent Term, but make use of existing flexibilities to create time to cover the most important missed content…In particular, schools may consider how all subjects can contribute to the filling of gaps in core knowledge, for example through an emphasis on reading.
- Aim to return to the school’s normal curriculum in all subjects by Pentecost Term 2021.
- Plan on the basis of the educational needs of students. Curriculum planning should be informed by an assessment of students’ starting points and addressing the gaps in their knowledge and skills.
- Develop remote education so that it is integrated into school curriculum planning.
“Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.” DfE website
In order to make best use of this funding, St Peter and St Paul has used the guidance provided by the Education Endowment Foundation.
Our three tiered approach is divided into teaching, targeted academic support and wider strategies that relate to non-academic barriers to achieving success as outlined below:
- High-quality teaching for all
- Effective diagnostic assessment
- Supporting remote learning
- Focusing on professional development
- Targeted academic support
- High-quality one to one and small group tuition
- Teaching Assistants and targeted support
- Academic tutoring
- Planning for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
- Wider strategies
- Supporting pupils’ social, emotional and behavioural needs
- Planning carefully for adopting a Social and Emotional Learning curriculum
- Communicating with and supporting parents
- Supporting parents with pupils of different ages
- Successful implementation in challenging times