Recovery Premium 2021-2022

In February 2021, the government announced a one-off recovery premium as part of its package of funding to support education recovery.

The recovery premium provides additional funding for schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year. Building on the pupil premium, this funding will help schools to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting disadvantaged pupils.

School allocations are calculated on a per pupil basis with Special schools receiving £290 for each place for the 2021 to 2022 academic year. The Grove allocation is £31,320.00 – The planned allocation of funding can be seen within the school Pupil Premium Strategy 2021-24 – 3 year plan.docx (3)

Overview of Planned Allocation of Funding

  • £15,000.00 towards the delivery of Forest Schools as part of the taught curriculum. Building on the success of the summer school programme in July 2021 (which included Forest Schools), this will support and build valuable social and emotional wellbeing skills.  Providing an additional day will provide ALL classes across the school an opportunity to have a weekly Forest School session rather than on a rotational basis.
  • £5,000.00 towards providing resources and materials to support pupils with their communication outside of the school environment. All pupils who need a second set of resources will have these provided to ensure access 24 hours a day at school, in the community and at home.
  • £10,000.00 towards training and implementing the THRIVE model to support the emotional wellbeing of pupils within the school. The school will identify two leads who will be trained to deliver and monitor THRIVE as a school wide approach to wellbeing. Click here for more details on THRIVE

Covid-19 Catch up Premium 2020-2021

In November 2020, the government announced £1 billion of funding to support pupils to catch up lost time after school closure.

School allocations are calculated on a per pupil basis with Special schools receiving £240 for each place for the 2020 to 2021 academic year. The Grove allocation is £24,000.00

The funding allocation is for specific activities to support pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months and to catch up on missed education.

The Grove has used its full allocation to provide a full time, band 4, Speech and Language Therapy Assistant to support the gaps in communication during the months away from school. Emphasis is to support pupils to close the gaps and make rapid progress so they are able to re-access the taught curriculum using their preferred communication method and to re-establish valuable social communication skills.

Work will include direct and indirect support, delivering programmes and developing resources to be shared with both class teams and home.

Assessment and impact will be measured through:

  • The school’s assessment tracking system and analysis at the end of each term for progress compared to previous years
  • Tracking and uploading of evidence on Earwig.
  • Outcomes and progress within each pupil’s EHCP
  • End of year progress and outcomes reporting to the Local Governing Body

Covid-19 Catch Premium Impact 2020 – 2021

All pupils are working below age related attainment on entry. Impact is assessed through tracking each individual’s progress.

Over 80% of pupils have had bespoke targeted or specialist support for their communication and social skills. Subsequently,  pupils are using their communication systems more confidently and efficiently to express themselves. 

Social skills intervention has impacted on pupils’ ability  to manage social situations by developing their self-esteem and self confidence in social situations as well as teaching conversational and assertiveness skills. 

SaLT team has delivered extended training to all members of staff  reinforcing and enhancing their current skills and keeping knowledge and skills up-to-date.  Family bespoke support and workshops were delivered building on and extending  parents knowledge and skills, subsequently parents are more confident with supporting their children at home. 

 As a result of  increased  CPD for staff and families, targeted support and interventions pupils are accessing learning, with  89% of pupils making good or outstanding progress in maths and 84% of pupils making good or outstanding progress in English. All pupils are making good progress towards their EHCP targets.

Year 7 Catch Up Funding 2019–2020

The Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch up premium funding for the academic year (September 2019 – August 2020) was £1026 for 13 eligible students.

All Year 7 pupils undergo baseline assessments in school and together with other assessment data are used to target areas of development. Pupils may have a small group or 1:1 targeted intervention to close any identified gaps.

Literacy and numeracy approaches such as Numicon, Maths Mastery, Letters and Sounds (Phonics), Bug Club, Colourful Semantics, Communication in Print, and PECS are used regularly with pupils to help them improve their numeracy and literacy skills.

Letters and Sounds: 

Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five.

Resources for Letters and Sounds, (including Phonic Books):  £400

Bug Club: Bug Club is an e-book finely levelled reading scheme, which ensures that all pupils have access to books at the correct  level for them.

Resources for Bug Club – Books:  £300

Numicon: Numicon is an approach to teaching maths that helps our pupils to see connections between numbers.

Resources for Numicon:  £125

Mathematics Mastery: Mathematics Mastery is a well sequenced mathematics curriculum designed to develop fluency and deep understanding of mathematics.

Resources for Mathematics Mastery: £201 

Impact of Funding

All pupils are working below age related attainment on entry. Impact is assessed through tracking each individual’s progress.

In both English and Maths:  As a result of interventions from the catch up funding 8 pupils out of 13 pupils made at least good or outstanding progress compared to their baseline starting points. 4 pupils made expected or towards expected progress and 1 pupil was a non-attender.

PE and Sport Allocation

The PE and Sport allocation for 2021-2022 is £16,290.00

The premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, in the 2020 to 2021 academic year, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.

This year we intend to spend:

£5000 – Swimming Lessons

£2000 – Specialist Sports Equipment

£650 – Basketball equipment

£1125 – Rigby Works Specialist Sessions (External Provider)

£500 – Step into Dance (External Provider)

£1750 – G&T athletic sessions

£5265 – Sport Specialist Delivery


  • To continue to improve the provision of PE and sport to enable access to all children
  • To broaden the sporting opportunities and experiences available to pupils.
  • To increase fitness and make sport and physical activity a way of life.
  • To increase opportunities for pupils to be involved in competitive sport.
  • To provide equipment to widen children’s experiences of different sporting activities.

In July 2022 we will report on:

  • What has been the impact on pupils’ participation?
  • What has been the impact on pupils’ attainment?
  • How will the school sustain the improvements?

Impact of Funding

(To be reported in July 2022)

PE and Sport Allocation 2020-2021

Read the report here PE & Sport Allocation Funding 2020-2021