Dormers Wells High school pupil Catch-up plan and expenditure 

what is catch up funding?

The government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up on lost learning time due to school closure. This is especially important for students from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds. This funding includes:

  • a one-off universal £650 million catch up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time
  • a £350 million National Tutoring Programme to provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who need the most help, which includes:

January 2021 Update: The government has announced a further recovery support package so children and young people can catch up on missed learning and development due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be supported with a new £700 million package for England.

how can schools use catch up funding? 

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 curriculum expectations for the next academic year in actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak.

While schools can use their funding in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances, they are expected to use this funding for specific activities which will help pupils catch up on missed education.

To support schools to make the best use of this funding, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published a coronavirus (COVID-19) support guide for schools with evidence-based approaches to catch up for all students.

what is the ntp?

The National Tutoring Programme (NTP) aims to support schools in providing a sustained response to the coronavirus pandemic and to provide a longer-term contribution to closing the attainment gap. 

Through NTP Tuition Partners, schools will be able to access subsidised high-quality tuition from an approved list of providers. The Education Endowment Foundation will be leading the delivery of this part of the programme and has been provided with £76 million from the Department for Education to fund activity in 2020 – 2021.

which ntp partners have dwhs decided to work with?

The Brilliant Club:

Pupils taking part in The Brilliant Tutoring Programme will work with a PhD researcher on a course that has been designed in partnership with curriculum experts across the sector.  Courses will be based on one core curriculum subject and will contain 3 curriculum-focused modules; they will be taught online. Teachers will work with tutors to select the modules to focus on over the 15 hours to best support the needs of the tutorial group. As well as building curriculum knowledge, courses will build critical thinking, meta-cognitive and communication skills. Further programme detail can be found:


MyTutor provide personalised, live online tuition that raises confidence and helps pupils hit their target grades. Our partner schools trust us to help support their students' in-class learning, particularly for core subjects, at KS3, GCSE and A-Level.

Further programme detail can be found :
dwhs catch up programme

Intent: to focus on loss of learning in years 7-11 caused by the period of COVID 19 lock down.

Implementation: To provide targeted students with additional academic support to catch up where learning has been missed.

DWHS Catch up curriculum by Subject, please find the link here


DWHS ‘catch-up’ programmes and spending update



DWHS Catch up spending plan, click here


Online tutoring


The programme is now fully online, and students will complete tutoring online from home. 100% of students have completed the Pre assessment tasks and logged into the Brilliant club VLE before their first sessions.


Students are from across the ability range and have been matched with a tutor for specific sections of the specifications they are studying. 100% of students have participated in the first round of sessions so far. 


Students are from across the ability range and have been matched with a tutor for specific sections of the specifications they are studying. The students have been split into groups of three for each tutoring session based on the section of the specification that has been identified as an area to improve or their prior attainment.


DWHS catch up intervention groups in school

Intervention groups:

Intervention groups in year 7- 9 (English, Science, Languages, History, Geography, Year 8 pastoral group (literacy), Year 9 Pastoral(GCSE POD) for one hundred and fifty students.

All students on the catch-up classes have had parental contact and their attendance to sessions is monitored. Students have completed the literacy catch-up element of the year 8 programme and these students have now mostly been selected to participate in the geography, science and languages catch up sessions. Three students on the year 7 literacy programme have made sufficient progress to leave and make space for further students.


Curriculum areas are at various stages of embedding Pre-learning into their curriculums. Department areas are developing pre learning resources to help create more space and time in lessons to complete the content that may have been missed during ‘lock down’ one. Departments have created and tested a range of resources from knowledge organisers in science to ‘pre learning PPTs in history and geography. Departments have made use of the online ‘quizzing’ function in MS Office to provide students with a low threat but high challenge way of self-assessment and also to monitor how well he pre-learning sources are being used. Across four main departments over two thousand five hundred assessments have been completed and re-completed.                          

Future plans:

  • Monitor the quality of the tutoring session with Mytutor and the Brilliant club with the ENG/Math/SCI CL
  • Complete Student voice with student participating on the programmes
  • Spring term online tuition, based on the student feedback, impact reports and review of the sessions to book the next round of tuition.
  • Review the programme with the programme link officers from the Brilliant club and MyTutor
total catch up funding

Mytutor: £9,236.25

Brilliant club: £2531.25

October half term catch up:  £1750

School ICT equipment: 1536.50 plus £5.45 P&P

Total spent: £15,059.45

glossary terms

NGRT: New Group Reading Test

Brilliant club: National organisation that brings highly qualified university professionals in contact with secondary school students through mentoring or tutoring activities. (Endorsed by the DFE to provide tuition through the NTP)

Mytutor: An online tuition provider endorsed by the DFE to provide tuition through the NTP

HAP: High ability pupil

MAP: Medium ability pupil

CL: curriculum leader