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Devonport High School for Girls

Coronavirus Catch-up Premium Strategy

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Catch-up Premium Strategy September 2020 – July 2021

‘Catch-Up Premium’ funding is available to schools to enable students to catch up following the unprecedented disruption to their education caused by COVID-19.  Devonport High School for Girls will use this funding for specific activities to support our students in catching up any lost teaching over the previous months in line with the DfE guidance. The DfE guidance sets out the following expectations to ensure all students, particularly disadvantaged, vulnerable and SEND students, are given catch-up support. Education is not optional, curriculum must remain broad and ambitious and these principles must extend to remote learning provision.

To implement our catch-up premium strategy, we will:

  1. Identify which students need additional support using diagnostic tools to assess understanding, engagement and well-being.
  2. Prioritise high quality instruction in the classroom through professional development and effective remote learning.
  3. Target academic support to improve progress using structured interventions such as small group tuition and one-to-one support.
  4. Use wider strategies to overcome non-academic barriers to success by providing students with support for their emotional and behavioural needs whilst working closely with families.

Strand 1 Diagnostic assessment £500

High quality targeted diagnostic assessment, which includes regular low stakes assessments, will provide staff with data about which students require support. The Behaviour, Attendance and Emotional (BAE) audit and additional information from Student Support and Pastoral Teams will provide information about student welfare needs.  Students will be identified at three different levels of priority / need. Academic intervention strategies will be overseen by Raising Standards Leaders (RSLs) working closely with Heads of Department (HoD). The Student Support and Pastoral team, led by the Designated Safeguard Lead (DSL) will oversee intervention strategies that support students social, emotional and behavioural needs. We recognise that these two areas are interconnected. RSLs and the DSL will work closely together to ensure the most suitable approach is used with each student. Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 will be monitored through diagnostic assessment points throughout the year and Raising Standards Leaders will work with Heads of Department to target interventions.

Strand 2 High quality instruction: £4,500

Every student will be supported to catch-up. Excellent teaching will have the greatest impact on student progress and facilitating a student’s ability to catch-up on lost learning.  To support this, we will focus on an approach that further develops the quality of instruction and student practice in lessons and builds upon Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction. Staff will receive INSET that focuses on four key phases within a lesson: reflection; teacher instruction; deliberate practice and responsive interactions.  We will collaborate with Plymouth Secondary Strategy Team to share best practice. Regular low stakes diagnostic assessment will feed into our overall catch-up tracking. We have invested in membership of the National College, a multi award-winning provider of courses and webinars. This provides our staff with access to training that supports this Catch-up strategy. 

Strand 3 Targeted academic intervention: £35,000

We will offer high quality, targeted, one-to-one and group academic support. A continual assessment strategy (see Strand 1) will identify the students requiring academic intervention. An after school programme of support for Year 11 and 13 students will be managed by the RSLs and led by departments. This programme will prioritise and target support for students with the greatest need. There will be a package of in-class support created by HoD for students found to be below expected progress. HoD working closely with their Senior Leadership Team (SLT) link will establish an action plan with resourcing and staffing intervention strategies identified. 

Strand 4 Wider strategies: £ 10,000 

Wider strategies will be employed to support students with social, emotional and behavioural needs that are a barrier to their engagement and ability to access the curriculum. In addition, other strategies will be employed to ensure we support remote learning, develop study skills of learners and communicate and support parents and carers effectively.

Edulink One App membership will provide us with the tools to communicate with parents / carers effectively in real time with push notifications. This will support the link between home and school and will be particularly useful should staff move to teaching remotely. It will also improve engagement as the app has a feature rewarding both progress and effort. To support students in Year 11 and 13 prepare for their upcoming external examinations, we will invest in support from Elevate Education. They will lead a study skills programme with engaging online workshops and classroom resources. 

Bespoke support for students to improve their engagement and health will be an important part of this strand. The student support and pastoral teams will work with external agencies and access additional in-school counselling as the need arises.

We are focused on providing high quality remote learning through MS Teams. Students and staff are very familiar with this teaching and collaboration platform. Work that is set online will follow the same high quality instruction as detailed in Strand 2. We will continue to monitor IT provision for remote learning for both staff and students throughout the year and provide support.

We will always consider the welfare of our staff and students when approaching and evaluating the impact of these strategies.