Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre

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Wells Lane off Bondfield Close, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S73 8TX

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Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre

'Learning for Life'

COVID-19 Catch-up Premium

Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit.  The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This 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.

Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre recognises that all children have been disadvantaged during the pandemic, therefore, will not just be using the catch-up grant as a resource, but will continue to effectively use allocated resources to ensure children receive first quality teaching and learning.  We have risen to the challenge of providing a strong remote learning package, but are very aware every child’s learning experience has been varied.   We are now faced with the challenge of ensuring all children are able to catch up on their lost learning, support their emotional needs and prepare them with the skills and knowledge required to have the best opportunity to succeed in later life.


School allocations will be calculated on a per-pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to 11.

Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre will receive £32,400 for the 2020/21 academic year.

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. Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.

At Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre we have carefully considered the areas that would most benefit from this additional funding. The key areas of focus are: 

  • Commitment to highly trained staff to support pupil’s well-being
  • Re-establishing boundaries and rules and expectations
  • High quality diagnostic and formative assessment
  • Curriculum equity
  • High-Quality Teaching and Learning
  • Bereavement support
  • Keeping high levels of staffing to support the above

Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre Catch-Up Action and Spending Plan:






Impact/Success Criteria

To reduce the learning gap in reading, writing and maths

From Spring Bank keep an additional 0.5 teachers to support group work in the most vulnerable year group 3 for catch up Rise and Shine Interventions, to run targeted interventions to catch up supporting skills and knowledge missed during the lockdown.


All year groups to target intervention from clear assessments and deploy additional staffing effectively to support need.




Assessment data

All children by July are closer to National averages and age-related expectations and are at least where they were according to data before lockdown.

Enquire about National Tutoring Support for shorter-term projects – one to one and boosting programmes (Summer Term) to support reading through school if not National Tutoring additional adult time to give all children additional reading, decoding and comprehension work –

Parent workshops to support reading and phonics support.

Agency supply rate

£190/day x 40 days = £7,600



Assessment data

Pupil performance

Phonics screening


Lit Lead


Specific group intervention to show impact on reading.


Children to have accelerated in months and years to close to reading ages by Dec 2021.

Subject Leader Release time to ensure children are receiving equity in the curriculum and identify key gaps in knowledge and skills.

5 days




All Curriculum plans evidence the gaps of knowledge and skills missed.

 Intent/implementation and impact plans are updated ensuring all children receive a broad and balanced curriculum.


Employ two additional TA’s to support Thrive and catch-up programmes.

Cost of apprentices







To support children and staff through bereavement which has been increased by Covid-19

Bereavement Counselling and trauma training for all staff

1 in 19 children are suffering from loss, support, and training required to help pupils with their emotions.


Review policy and practice.

2 staff meetings



All staff has the skills to support children and colleagues going through bereavement.


A reviewed policy is clearly implemented and embedded

Staff and children are able to discuss their feelings and gain support networks and agencies to help them with their loss.

To enhance provision and ratio in Nursery to support with early language acquisition

Additional staffing in Nursery to give pupils a good start to school life.


EYFS lead monitor FS baseline.

Targeting new children into school to prevent and close gaps early.


 Total:   £77,500

The school believes that first quality teaching is the key to ensuring children catch up on their learning. Investment through high-quality professional development, coaching and mentoring through effective feedback from observations will ensure teaching and learning is secure through school. 

The programme is not a quick fix, but will over the academic year 21/22 attempt to address the gaps in every child’s learning. 

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