At John Clare Primary School, we are committed to ensuring that all pupils have the best start to their education. Following the period of school closures in 2020/2021, we have reaffirmed our commitment to reducing the effects of school closures and providing all of our pupils with support, tailored to their needs.

Our strategic focus for how we spend the Catch-up Premium Grant Funding aims to support each pupil, whilst also being aware of what is needed to address gaps in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their non-disadvantaged peers.

Purpose of Catch-up Premium Funding

The government believes that the Catch-up Funding, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current adverse effects caused by the period of school closures.

The Catch-up Premium Grant Funding was introduced in July 2020 and is allocated to schools to support pupils by tailoring the use of the funding to identified gaps to attainment. School leaders and governing boards need to ensure that their school has deployed effective monitoring strategies to assess the impact of this strategy whilst also considering implementation of the strategies contained within. It is for the school to determine how best to use the funding – there is no prescription within allocations other than funding should not be simply added to the dedicated schools grant budget allocation in order to compensate for any recent financial cutbacks to schools.