Coronavirus (COVID-19) Catch-Up Premium

What is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Catch-Up Premium?

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium is designed to support primary schools to ensure children catch up as a result of the coronavirus and disruption caused to their education.

For 2020-2021, the government has invested over £1 billion in funding to support children. The allocation of funding is calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to 6. Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the guidance on curriculum expectations for the next academic year.

Total COVID-19 Catch-Up Premium allocated: £48,905

What does this mean at Paddock Wood Primary Academy?

We believe that active, healthy learners will have positive attitudes towards themselves and their learning, and will make the greatest progress. We will work through a tiered approach to ensure that all pupils that have fallen behind are identified, have individual pathways set, are supported to achieve at pace and that their progress is monitored.

We will drive this by means of:

  • ‘quality first teaching’, informed by accurate baseline and interim assessments
  • targeted academic interventions and support
  • considered strategies to promote mental health and physical well-being.

We will invest in IT, PSHE and specific teaching and tutoring programmes.

Our intent:

  1. All children will have personalised learning pathways to ensure gaps arising from the impact of Covid-19 are closed
  2. Purposeful, well-resourced interventions will take place in managed blocks
  3. All children will participate in structured, considered PSHE programmes and activities
  4. Effective home learning systems will be in place to ensure remote learning is effective
  5. Within Y6, every child will have 1:1 access to a device, with Y5 and Y4 to follow
  6. All other year groups will have timetabled 1:1 access to a device
  7. Staff will have access to quality professional (Google) training (funded separately)
  8. Staff will have access to fast, reliable equipment and this will ensure learning can take place in and out of school
  9. Online safety protocols for children and colleagues are robust.


Year Group

Staff Lead(s)


Intended Outcomes

RAG Rating

March 2021

RAG Rating

July 2021

Targeted support through additional small-group teaching and tuition





Group tuition led by supernumerary teaching staff

Children will make accelerated progress in

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Maths
  • Science

to finish the year at or above Age-Related Expectations (ARE)

All on target until the end of M2

Covid lockdown 2 hindered this, but progress was made where possible. Progress has been maintained and attainment good – but lockdown hindered some of the momentum from M1 and M2.

Supporting mental health and well-being through targeted PSHE initiatives and activities




Whole-class, small group and individual activities

Children will benefit from headspace, take time to reflect and develop

  • Informed risk-taking
  • Stamina
  • Perseverance
  • Recognition and sense of achievement

This is a continuing priority, through M2, M3 (at home) and into M4

Supported throughout M1-M6 where necessary.

Delivery of blended learning strategy

Y6, Y4 then Y5



Trust Chromebook Scheme

Embedding the blended learning strategy throughout the Academy to include

  • Access to remote education if required
  • Blended learning approaches across the curriculum allowing children to access learning at their own pace, with accessibility features to support their learning
  • Developing efficient IT skills and working practices to enhance all areas of learning

Quality of learning is ‘very good’, with a particular focus on Y4 and Y6

Remote learning engagement was excellent and a high % of children attended daily as Key Worker approx. 30% . Blended learning continues to be an inherent part of the T & L strategy. New devices will support this further – awaiting charging trollies for Y3 devices. Level of skills has improved and staff confidence and utilising this in their own teaching.