The Government allocates funding to schools to support raising attainment for specific groups of children. These groups include children eligible for Free School Meals now or at any point in the previous 6 years, children who have a parent in the armed forces or at any point in the last 4 years and children who are in care.
At Newdale, staff and Governors work in partnership to carefully plan how we allocate this funding according to the needs of our children. We are proud of the progress that all our children make.
The plans below show how we are spending the funding to ensure that all our pupils make progress and gaps in attainment close.
Catch up funding (Covid-19)
Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit. The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial, and the scale of our response must match the scale of the challenge. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-catch-up-premium
At Newdale, we strongly believe that the teaching of core and foundation subjects is invaluable and provides opportunities for children to develop a love of learning, develops their knowledge and understanding of the world, and most importantly, equips children with the knowledge and skills they require for the next stage in their education. We have consulted as a teaching staff and made amendments to our current curriculum offer to prioritise key learning, yet still provide the children with a broad and balanced curriculum.
The pandemic and lockdown in summer 2020 led to over a term of missed learning in need of recovery. Learning covered by online teaching during this period was vital, as it enabled children to keep key concepts alive in their working memory, but as teachers we need to revisit the objectives covered to ensure all children have had equality of access.
Here at Newdale, we plan to embed recently revised curriculum programmes of study to ensure the curriculum offer is broad, full and balanced, studied by all and is both knowledge-led whilst promoting mastery of skills. We will ensure all planning includes coverage of knowledge, skills and vocabulary across all areas of learning. We recognise that the Covid-19 lockdown led to an increase in anxiety, isolation and trauma for pupils. For the next academic year, we will restore the balance for our children and providing a safe, happy atmosphere where everyone can thrive and learn.
Part of our strategy for the Catch up programme is to continue to support pupils’ dealing with any anxieties and develop their wellbeing followed by the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown. We want all our children to continue to feel safe, happy and listened to. We will also continue to promote resilience in pupils by equipping our staff to enable pupils to recover some of the resilience they may have lost since lockdown.
For more information on this, please contact the school office.