Covid-19 Catch up Premium

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

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

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.

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.

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 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 

PE and Sport Allocation 2020–2021

The PE and Sport allocation for 2020-2021 was £16,100.00

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:

  • £6,100 on obtaining new sports equipment
  • £10,000 on the employment and / or training of a specialist sports coach which will increase the PE offer for PE in the Primary Department.


  • Engaging all pupils in regular physical activity
  • Raising the profile of PE and sport across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  • Increasing staff members’ confidence, knowledge and skills in teaching PE and sport
  • Offering pupils a broader range of sports and activities
  • Increasing pupils’ participation in competitive / team sports (to support the teaching of social skills)

In July 2021 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?

*Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic we doubt that we will have the ability to report on the swimming and water national curriculum requirements for 2020-2021*