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.

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 11 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 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