Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). As the catch-up premium has been designed to mitigate the effects of the unique disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), the grant will only be available for the 2020 to 2021 academic year.
Use of funds
BHTP will use this funding for specific activities to support our pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the government guidance on ‘curriculum expectations for the next academic year’. We have the have the flexibility to spend the funding in the best way for our pupils and their circumstances.
We have used the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) support guide for schools’ to support us to make the best use of this funding. This guide details evidence-based approaches to catch up for all children. We have used this document to help us to direct our additional funding in the most effective way.
Accountability and monitoring
As with all government funding, BHTP school leaders must be able to account for how this money is being used to achieve our goal of getting our children back on track and teachers teaching a 'normal curriculum' as quickly as possible. Governors will regularly scrutinise the school's plans, approach and use of funding from November. This will include consideration of whether we are spending this funding in line with our catch-up priorities and ensuring appropriate transparency for parents/carers.