Covid Catch up Funding

Covid Catch up provision for 2021 2022

In 2021 2022, the Government have provided two key funding steams to schools. This additional funding was linked to the percentage of pupils in receipt of Free school meals in October 2020.

To date, Bretherton Endowed has been informed that we will receive the minimum of £2000 towards National Tutoring funding and £1454 for in school tutoring funding. Using teacher assessments of our children’s attainment in summer 2021 and the Education Endowment Funding publications, which highlight which school interventions make the greatest impact on reducing children’s gaps in learning our Pupil Premium and Covid recovery plan was written. A copy of this can be found on our website :

The catch-up programme will link closely to the school improvement plans and Pupil Premium Strategy.

In summary, catch up at Bretherton is:

(For all children- Quality teaching for all)

  • Focus on consolidation of basic skills. The core skills which enable successful learning will require increased curriculum time across all year groups. These include: handwriting, spelling of high frequency words, basic sentence punctuation, times tables recall, basic addition & subtraction fact recall and reading skills relevant to age.
  • Some additional lesson time on core teaching. Reading, writing and maths teaching will require increased teaching time in order to cover missed learning – particularly in the autumn term. In order to keep a broad and balanced curriculum, some subject areas may be taught as blocked days rather than weekly lessons in the autumn term.
  • A continued focus on early reading and phonics. This is always a focus in the school and will continue to be so in order to develop children’s reading ability and vocabulary
  • Assessment of learning and of basic skills to identify major gaps. Teachers will work to identify gaps in learning and adapt teaching accordingly
  • Time spent on mental health, wellbeing and social skills development.
  • To revisit Learning Behaviours in order to re-teach the children how to learn. We will support them with this
  • Additional hours for existing staff to support children in core lessons and increased TA provision in classes.

(For some children- Targeted support)

  • Additional support and focus on basic core skills. Supported by additional staffing utilising catch up premium where needed – dependent on need as identified through ongoing assessment.
  • Additional time to practise basic skills. This again will be dependent on need of children in order to re-establish good progress in the essentials (phonics and reading, increasing vocabulary, writing and mathematics) and there will be flexibility on timetables to allow this
  • The continued use of White Rose Maths mastery approach and in KS2 Learning By Questions to offer a more personalised maths learning
  • The use of tutors, from our current staff and to plan to pay the top up fee to access the subsidised national tutoring programme for disadvantaged pupils and others who are identified as needing “catch up” in their learning. Thus, reducing the gap between them and their peers.

The summary letter to parents is attached and the individual letter to parents. The overview plan starting January 2022 will be added later in the term and the impact will be evaluated. 


2020 2021

The government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds. This funding includes:

  • a one-off universal £650 million catch up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time
  • a £350 million National Tutoring Programme to provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who need the most help, which includes:

Our allocation for 2020 2021 school year is £8400. 

The DFE and EEF ( Education Endowment Fund) state ‘Every school will have been affected by Covid-19 differently and school leaders are best placed to understand the needs of their school communities. The right way to support pupils will differ between schools and must be informed by the professional judgement of teachers and school leaders.’ We have created a catch up funding document here for your information. This is an organic document which will be reviewed regularly and changed according to the needs of our children and community although it will remain true to the principle that we will seek to reduce the lasting impact of Covid -19 on the education and experiences of our children. 

School has created this plan after consultation with parents, staff and children and ongoing identification of needs. School has committed to more ‘catch up’ funding than has been allocated in the areas of most need. We have used the best value guides available through the EEF

in order to maximise the potential outcomes for our children.

Supporting all children is a priority both academically and socially on their return to school after the National Lockdown earlier this year. In addition, being able to ensure that should any such events happen again, school, staff, children and families are in a strong position to be able to continue the education of our children is key.

As a small school, we know our children well and our staff are well skilled at assessing children and knowing where each individual child is currently and what is needed to support good progress.

If you have any questions relating to the use of the Covid Catch Up funding or the national tutoring service, please do not hesitate to contact school. 

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Bretherton Endowed CE

Primary School

South Road, Bretherton, Lancs PR26 9AH

Main Contact: Alison Moxham

Main Contact for SEND: Alison Moxham

Headteacher: Alison Moxham

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