Last day of term Friday 18 December

Willow Farm Primary

Covid-19 'Catch Up'


In June, a £1 billion fund for education was announcedby the government. Further guidance has now been released ( showing that the moneyis split between a catch up premium and a national tutoring scheme. 


The catch-up premium is funded on a per pupil basis at £80 per pupil. This will be based on the previous year's census and will not include Nursery numbers, meaning Willow Farm will be in receipt of £16,960 (12 x £80). The spending of this money will be down to schools to allocate as they see best. To support schools to make the best use of this funding, the Education Endowment Foundation has published a support guide for schools with evidence based approaches to catch up for all students. 




At willow Farm, this money will be used in order to:


  • Purchase curriculum resources and materials that support pupils to get "back on track". These include the White Rose Hub Workbooks
  • Pay the top up fee to access the subsidised national tutoring programme for disadvantaged pupils and others who are identified as needing "catch up" in their learning.
  • Suipport the mental wellbeing of children through purchased resources and employment of school counsellor.



The broard aims for "catch up" at Willow Farm:


  • Attainment outcomes at the end of 2020-21 for all year groups will be at least in line with those at the point of lockdown in March. This means that if a child was working at an age-related expectation in a subject line in March they are woking to at lest an age-related expectation in that same subject by the end of the year. 
  • By the end of 2021-22 year, attainment outcomes for all year groups will be at least in line with those at the end of the 2019-20 year.
  • The mental health needs of pupils that have arrisen as a result of the pandemic are met and supported by the school.

Catch up at Willow Farm is:


(For all children)


  • Working through well sequenced, purposeful learning schemes. For example, White Rose Maths, CPG Grammar and Whole Class Reading.
  • Focus on consolidation of basic skills. The core skills which enable successful learning will require increased curriculum time across all year groups. These include: handwriting, phonics, spelling of high frequency words, basic sentance punctuation, times tables recall, basic addition & subtraction fact recall and reading skills relevant to age. 
  • Additional lesson time on core teaching. Reading, writing and maths teaching will require increased teaching time in order to cover missed learning.
  • Particular focus on early reading and phonics. This is always a focus in the school and will continue to be so in order to develop children's reading ability and vocabulary. Our Year 2 children will take the Phonics Screening in December to check knowledge. 
  • Assessement of learning and of basic skills to identify major gaps. Teachers will work to identify gaps in learning and adapt teaching accordingly. 
  • Time spent on mental health, wellbeing and social skills development. All classes to use Take Five approach and deliver the Jigsaw PHSE scheme of work. 

(For some children)


  • Additional support and focus on basic core skills. Supported by additional staffing utilising catch up premium - dependent on need as identified through ongoing assessment.
  • Additional time to practice basic skills. This again will be dependent on need of children in order to re-establish good progress in the essentials (phonics and reading, increasing vocabulary, writing and mathmatics) and there will be flexibility on timetables to allow this. 

Catch up Willow Farm IS NOT:


  • Cramming missed learning
  • Pressuring children and families into rapid learning
  • Teachers time spent highlighting missed objectives
  • Teachers time spent ticking off assessment points and extra tracking