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.

covid-19 catch up spending plan 2021

Target: To use the national tutoring funding, pupil premium recovery funding and School led Grant to enable targeted students and the school community to:

  • Catch up with missed curriculum
  • close the gap’ on their peers
  • have access to opportunities to improve their social and mental wellbeing as well as life experiences 

Performance indicators

  • Students have actively engaged with the programmes with a clear impact on learning.
  • Student feedback and staff voice indicate students have made progress on identified areas of learning.
  • Progress check data indicate that targeted students have made progress in line with their peers

Funding and school context

Dormers Wells is an inner city, mixed, state school located in Southall, West London, an area with one of the highest levels of multiple deprivation in the country. Over 11% of the students are identified as SEN, English is not the first language for 64.6%, 19.1% are entitled to FSM, 33% are pupil premium, and mobility in the school is considerably higher than the national average.

catch up premium funding 2020-2022

Schools can access subsidised tutoring from an approved list of tutoring providers known as tuition partners. Approved tuition partners have passed a set of quality, safeguarding and evaluation standards. Tuition partners offer a range of subjects and provide targeted support for pupils in small group or one-to-one sessions.

The school has decided to work with the following approved tuition partners:

The Brilliant club:

Action tutoring:

DWHS Remaining Catch up premium NTP funding 2020/2022 £70,699.71.

school led funding grant 2021-2022

School-Led Tutoring is being introduced as part of the National Tutoring Programme in 2021/22. Eligible state-funded schools and academy trusts will receive a ring-fenced grant to source their own tutoring provision for disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils who have missed the most education due to COVID-19.

This could include using existing staff such as teachers and teaching assistants or external tutoring resources such as private tutors or returning teachers. The grant gives schools and academy trusts the flexibility to use tutors with whom they are familiar.

DWHS School Led Tutoring Grant £43,863.75

Payments will be received in October 2021, January 2022 and May 2022.

recovery premium funding grant 2021-2022

In February 2021, the government announced a one-off recovery premium as part of its package of funding to support education recovery. The recovery premium provides additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year. Building on the pupil premium, this funding will help schools to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting disadvantaged pupils.

DWHS Recovery Premium – the total amount delegated will be £52,272.

Payments will be received in October 2021, January 2022, May 2022 and July 2022.

how may the school use the 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.

Simplified table funding table

tuition national tutoring programme school-led tutoring grant
One-to-One Y Y
Small group tuitionY Y Y
In-person Y Y
Online Y Y
Hours per pupil 15 Flexible
Subjects per pupil 1 Flexible
Subsidy 70% 75%
catch up programme research

Dormers Wells High School has used a number of sources to create a programme that engages students of all ability and gender and make best use of the Catch up funding allocation. Dormers Wells High School has used the DFE guidance and Education Endowment Fund Research in particular to support our approaches, please see the links below.

The programmes are designed to meet a tiered approach across three main strands:

  • Teaching
  • Targeted academic support
  • Wider strategies

Our focus has been too been to use the funding to continue to develop and measure the impact of the following ‘Targeted academic support strategies’ and ‘Wider strategies’ in particular reference to Catch up:

  • Small group tuition
  • Reading comprehension strategies
  • 1 to 1 tuition
  • Metacognition and self-regulation
  • Mentoring
  • Digital technology
  • Social and mental well being

Further information can be found by following the links below:

DWHS 2021-2022 catch-up funding spending plan