In June 2020 the government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up on missed learning caused by coronavirus (COVID19). This is especially important for the most vulnerable pupils and pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds who we know have been most affected. For 2021-22 our school was allocated £12,983 in catch up funding.
At East Acton, we will be following the EEF guidance and implementing a tiered approach to supporting pupils to catch up with their peers. Formative and summative assessment data will be used to inform our catch up strategy. We know that our disadvantaged and pupils newer to speaking English have fallen further behind their peers and are in need of the most support to catch up.
In some homes, opportunities for talk and language development are limited and so we implement as many opportunities to develop and engage in talk as possible. Many families at East Acton need much encouragement and support to enable them to engage in home learning including reading and writing at home.
Our priorities are as follows:
Ensure all pupils feel emotionally settled and secure so they can continue to ‘catch up’ following the disruption to learning during Covid-19 restrictions.
Ensure all children make strong progress in Reading (including Early Reading/Phonics), Writing and Mathematics.
To ensure the revised curriculum is implemented effectively by teachers and secures improved outcomes for all pupils.
To embed effective feedback practices which are instrumental in raising attainment for all pupils with a focus on reducing the gap between the current performance of lower attaining pupils and the rest of the cohort.
Establish a ‘Professional Growth’ model for staff CPD with an emphasis on continual improvement for all.
These priorities will be met in a number of ways which may include, but may not be limited to the following: