COVID-19 Catch Up Premium 2023-24

In December 2021, the government announced an additional £1 billion for a recovery premium over the next two years (2022-23 and 2023-24). Building on this year’s recovery premium, this will help schools to deliver evidence-based approaches to support the most disadvantaged pupils. 

The Department for Education has allocated £65,826 to help targeted students catch-up on missed learning after the lockdown periods, during which schools were closed for on-site learning.  

In 2023-2024 these monies are being used to fund: 

  • Individual reading sessions with staff for those students who have fallen behind in reading.
  • Additional teaching in English and Maths, in small groups to improve reading for meaning, writing and numeracy.
  • Reduced class sizes in English and Maths to address the needs of targeted students.
  • After-school catch-up sessions in all years and in all subjects to support students who have fallen behind at the start of the academic year.
  • My Tutor online 1:1 and 3:1 provision for key groups in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13.
  • The purchase of revision guides for Year 11 and Year 13 classes in key subject areas. 

How will the effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of identified students be assessed?

  • Students are monitored over three formal periods of assessment in the academic year. There is one formal assessment per term.  There are Raising Standards leads across all Key Stages. 
  • The assessments will identify those students who are not making appropriate progress. Additional support will be put in place to support these students with wave 1 and wave 2 interventions.  
  • The final assessment of summer 2024 will show that the vast majority of students have caught up. However, the assessment cycle will identify any students who have failed to catch-up and if needed additional support will be given in the autumn term of 2023.