St Matthew's Primary School & Nursery

Covid-19 Catch Up Funding

We are expecting approximately £10,000 for Covid-19 Catch Up Premium funding.  We have been allocated £3490 so far and expect two further payments in the new year.  The funding has been designed to mitigate the effects of disruption and impact on children’s learning in Years 1-6.

We have registered with National Tutoring Programme as one option for using this funding, but are also exploring additional ways to ensure the funding has the greatest impact on our pupils.

We have registered for the Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) for our Reception Class.  NELI is a high-quality, evidence based, 20 week intervention designed to improve the language skills of children in Reception Class.

Reading is a high priority in every class and some Catch Up funding will be spent on resourcing our reading scheme - particularly to support phonics.  Specific focus (in school and by Ofsted) is on the lowest 20% of readers in each class and plans are in place to ensure these pupils are receiving the appropriate support and can make accelerated progress.  We have commissioned and Early Reading Review with an Ofsted inspector to look at our Early Reading provision at school and the impact on pupil outcomes throughout the school.