Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education because of COVID19. Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit.
The government has announced £1 billion to support children and young people to catch up. This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.
Although all children have had their education disrupted, it is likely that disadvantaged and vulnerable groups will have been hardest hit. That is why, alongside the universal catch-up premium, the government are launching a £350 million National Tutoring Programme to provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who need the most help.
Prior to 2020, the literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gave state-funded schools additional funding to support year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). The expected standard in this area is '100' in the respective National Curriculum Tests.
This school used the funding to support the needs of the identified students by providing specific interventions and support in classrooms. Impact of the chosen intervention programmes was measured from beginning to end and reported to parents and families.