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Poynton High School

and Performing Arts College

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Catch-up Premium

COVID-19 Catch Up Funding

As part of a national scheme, the government has provided our school with funding in 2020-21 to enable us to better support students as they catch up from the closure of schools in 2020.

Funding for Years 7-11 - £86 720

16 to 19 Tuition Fund - £2 797

To determine how this money will be spent we have used the DfE guidance and additional guidance from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).  The focus for spending that we have chosen is taken from the EEF guidance.

For further information about the Catch up Premium see

 Please note that the figures given in the chart are lower than the actual figures spent.  The costs of supporting students back to learning have been greater than the amount allocated in the COVID catch-up fund.  Some spending had to be found from elsewhere but the detail of spending is included for your information.

Focus of Spending 

Amount of Spend

Detail of Spending

Supporting great teaching

£39 324 on the staffing elements



£6 705 on Perspex to enable students to access specialist lessons in computing, photography, design etc.

High quality teaching and learning is the key to a successful catch-up programme. 


We used the INSET days in September and October to plan the catch-up curriculum to ensure rapid progress.  Part-time staff were paid to work those days to ensure all staff were clear on expectations and ideas were widely shared.


Additional support in terms of non-contact periods and additional time with mentors was given to two Newly Qualified Teachers whose training was disrupted in 2020.


Spending has been used to ensure that students could return to specialist teaching in subjects such as Product Design, Science and Computing as quickly as possible.  This includes the cost of safety equipment and other physical resources.


Some subjects have benefited from the purchase of technology such as visualisers which has ensured learning could continue both in school and while students are learning at home. 


Our Reading Strategy has also been supported through the catch-up funding.



Student Assessment and Feedback

£3 878 on assessment materials

Spending has also been directed to supporting effective feedback and assessment. 


All Year 7 students completed Cognitive Ability Tests in the first term.  This has given us a useful baseline for a year group that did not complete the Key Stage 2 tests in 2020. 


Some funding was directed to new tests to better identify students with a specific learning need.


We have also used the funding to meet the additional costs of the external exams given the COVID restrictions.  This was the case with the Autumn resits in Autumn 2020 and the BTEC examinations in January 2021.



Transition Support

Not paid for from the COVID catch-up fund

We were keen to ensure a smooth transition for Year 7 who were unable to engage in the normal transition programmes in school.  This would enable them to make more rapid progress when they joined us.


Funding provided support for the new Year 7 students who joined in September 2020.  This included the packs for PP students which were created this year and the funding of the induction day activities in September.



One to one and small group tuition

£2730 for the NTP


Additional spend is covered in the staffing spend above

One to one and small group tuition is an important component of the support available.


We have engaged with the National Tutoring Programme (NTP). 

Year 11 students are receiving tuition in the third half term in groups of 6 for Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 


In the Summer term we will have Year 10 English, Year 9 Maths and Year 9 English, again in groups of 6.


We also invested in additional staffing in Term 1 to support small group catch up, one to one intervention and provision of work for students who were self-isolating that term.  Some of this provision has continued into the second term. 



Within the staffing costs above

Additional staffing supported intervention for students in subjects such as Science in term 1. 


There has also been additional staffing for welfare support as we recognised that some students would need additional support as they returned to school.  

Access to Technology


We have invested in technology to ensure that teaching and learning can continue even if individual students, teachers or whole cohorts are unable to come in to school.  This has included the purchase of laptops, webcams, headsets and speakers.

16 to 19 Tuition Fund

£2 797

See below. 


How will we assess the impact of the spending?

We will assess the success of the spending in a range of ways.  Including use of:

  • Attendance measures
  • Tracking of student engagement online
  • Assessment data, including public exam results
  • The views of students 
  • The views of parents, particularly in the case of whole cohorts being out of school.




The 16 to 19 Tuition Fund


Total funding for 2020-21: £2 797


What is the purpose of the fund?

In 2020-21, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has provided funding to support 16 to 19 students disadvantaged by disruption arising from COVID-19. 


In line with the guidance we are using the funding to support tuition for students in English and maths.  We are targeting the students who have not yet achieved a grade 4 in GCSE in English and/or maths. 


This funding will support small group tuition by specialist teachers for maths (six students) and English (five students).  All the students will be entered for the GCSE Autumn series and the summer 2021 exam if required.


How will we measure the impact of the fund?


The impact will be measured through analysis of the exam results.


We were pleased that in the 2020 Autumn series four students improved their grades in English and gave now gained at least a 4 with one student achieving a 5.  In maths one student improved their grade to a four.  The tuition will continue with a group of one in English and five in maths in preparation for the 2021 exams.




Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium

The background

Until 2020 schools received additional funding for students in Year 7 who had not met the expected standard at the end of KS2.  Spending is outlined below and the measurement of impact is at the foot of the page.  We will continue to support the progress of those students and in 2020 will be assessing all Year 7 using Cognitive Ability Tests to provide is with more information as Key Stage 2 tests were not taken in 2020.

Catch-Up Premium Spend and Impact

Academic Year 2019 – 2020

Funding for this academic year is estimated to be £9,025.

Description of Spending



Directors of Learning & Student Welfare Officers

£1 500


Extension of Doddle to more subjects




Learning Support provision – screening, IDL software (multi-sensory spelling and reading software, aimed specifically at students with dyslexic traits), specialist LSA work in  English, buddy reading.  From December 2019 there will be extra capacity in English to provide more small group teaching for the catch up students.  The KS3 Co-ordinator in English is involved in supporting the progress of these students




Specialist LSA work in Maths to support progress.  Numicon (multi-sensory mathematics resources (including Cuisenaire rods)), guided use of Doodle Maths app (including leader board to motivate students).  KS2 SATs-benchmarked testing programme in place throughout the year to monitor impact.  The KS3 Co-ordinator in Maths and the SENCo-designate are involved in supporting the progress of these students.




£7 025


£9 025

Impact in 2019-20

Numeracy - In 2019-20, as part of the Catch-Up provision, students in Year 7 used the Doodle Maths ICT package, both at home and during registration period in school.  However, due to the lockdown which occurred in March 2020, students were not able to benefit fully from the programme.  The curtailment of the academic year meant that only limited data were available and no significant impact on student progress could be measured.  

Students in receipt of the catch-up premium continued to be taught in smaller classes, facilitating greater teacher-pupil interaction either in school or online.

Literacy - The progress is tracked through English.  Before lockdown we believed that the use of buddy reading was effective and we assigned students to intervention groups.  Unfortunately we were unable to continue these due to lockdown and the screening for reading at the end of the year did not happen.  This made it difficult to monitor the impact of the work that was done.  

In 2020-21, we have used CATs tests to provide more information about the Year 7s and this data will be very useful for staff to use as we continue to support students this year.  We continue to invest in Doodle Maths and will monitor its effectiveness over the year.  The English team are making use of Remote Learning tools (Google Classroom, and Century) to offer support and guidance to students. The KS3 Co-ordinator in English is involved in supporting the progress of these students.