Prior to returning to school in both September 2020 and September 2021 a lot of work was put into preparing the site and the staff for a COVID-safe return to full time education for the children following the latest guidance and information. In additional to the training for staff a range of documentation is available to families to aid in discussions to prepare the children for the return after a long break from the usual type of learning.
The document store at the bottom of this page contains copies of the school Risk Assessments, guidance from the Local Authority and Government. As additional documents are released these will be added to the document list below.
In additional to planning for the return to school, plans have been put in place for closing gaps in learning due to disruption to normal routines, to aid the mental well-being of the pupils and staff and to deal with potential short and longer term absence due to COVID infections in the school community. The guidance includes details of the school’s provision for Home Learning in the event of short term absence, self-isolation or the collapse of a bubble.
These plans can be seen in the school contingency planning document below.
Schools’ allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to 11.
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. It will not be added to schools’ baselines in calculating future years’ funding allocations.
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. (See also EEF – School Planning Guide 2020-21 )
Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.
At Harewood Primary School, we had 103 pupils on roll at the time of application, which means we will receive a total of £8,240. We will receive this in instalments through the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms of this school year.
As with all government funding, school leaders must be able to account for how this money is being used to achieve our central goal of schools getting back on track and teaching a normal curriculum as quickly as possible.
Given their role in ensuring schools spend funding appropriately and in holding schools to account for educational performance, governors and trustees should scrutinise schools’ approaches to catch-up from September, including their plans for and use of catch-up funding. This should include consideration of whether schools are spending this funding in line with their catch-up priorities, and ensuring appropriate transparency for parents. (DfE guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium – updated 24/08/2020)
DfE asks that schools meet the following key expectations:
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home. There are also details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating or away from school for a short time waiting for test results.