COVID Catch-Up Programme 2021-2022

Our Catch-Up Programme was by an extra £82,000 of DfE investment and includes Year-specific projects, as well as general strategies to close gaps.

The focus of catch-up differs across Key Stages as the parameters and time-scale to recover the catch-up vary – so Year 11 and Year 13 have the highest priority as they have the shortest time-frame before their final exams.

 General Strategies

Curriculum Re-Design

All subject areas have re-designed their schemes of work to ensure that ‘lockdown’ work is re-visited and withdrawn Key Stage Four units have the curriculum time re-allocated.

Curriculum Road Maps

All subject areas have designed and disseminated Curriculum Road Maps to students so that progression and course coverage is mapped out for all students and effectively planned by subject leaders.

Extra Staffing

We have extended the teaching capacity for the Maths Department (+1.0), Science Department (+1.0) and the French Department (+0.4) so that we can operate with smaller groups, or dual taught groups, in order to catch-up on knowledge and understanding in the two subject areas we have identified as the most sequential in terms of building up expertise.

Parents Evenings

We have invested in online resources and staffing so that Parents Evenings can be staged virtually so that parents can be engaged with in catch-up. In addition, we have invested capacity so that non-attenders are chased up promptly and staff training has been guided on how they focus conversions on catch-up and progression.

Friary Advice Bureau (FAB)

We have established a detailed map for enabling the accessing all external support for students and families experiencing economic and social challenges which require interventions beyond the school’s remit.

Independent Reading

We have extended the reading section of the school library and correlated it with broadened KS3 reading lists on the school website so that they are Year specific. We are campaigning to increase independent reading through tutor time activities, Focus Weeks and rewards schemes in the English Department.

KS3 Pupil Premium / Disadvantaged Achievement Post

We have appointed Sukhraj Bal (Maths Teacher) on a two-year TLR3 to address PP gaps, but also to work alongside SLT (Lottie Hearn – KS3 Lead and Sam Sullivan – KS4 Lead) in order to challenge and support under-performance in all students.

This programme includes extended funding to support interventions and ranges from residentials to booster classes.

Remote Learning Provision

We have improved and extended our remote learning provision so that sessions can be undertaken systematically – whether they be during individual or small group isolations or whole-Year group closures – as we move through the COVID experience.

Home Learning Provision

We have maintained home learning as a priority for students missing school due to a positive COVID test but well enough to undertake school work.

Key Stage Three

KS3 Interventions Programme

We have scheduled in a range of Key Stage Three intervention sessions targeted at key groups to ensure that gap and extension activities are addressed in a targeted and systematic way.

These are mapped in for the entire school year and cover all E-Bacc subjects; Ie – English, Maths Science, French, Geography & History.

ACE Meetings

We have re-established our ACE Meeting programme and extended it into Key Stage Three so that student and parental meetings are staged throughout the year to address under-achievement and gaps and to provide targeted (and funded) support for specific interventions.

Partnership Evenings

We have adapted our Partnership Evening focus so there is a greater emphasis to Key Stage Three on academic subjects and progression – without reducing the pastoral and wider learning topics covered in the events.

Key Stage Three Isolation Work

We have extended the role of our SLT KS3 Lead (Lottie Hearn) and the provision of Show My Homework so that we can set work for those students isolating immediately and now via SMHW on an individual basis.

Year 9 Reports

We have re-designed Year 9 Reports so that all academic guidance is provided by the KS3 Lead (alongside further SLT support as required) so that feedback is directive and clear and is heavily focused on KS4 progression.

Key Stage Four

KS4 Interventions Programme

We have scheduled in a range of Key Stage Four intervention after-school sessions immediately from the start of the Autumn Term 2021 targeted at key groups to ensure that gap and extension activities are addressed in a targeted and systematic way.

There are also weekly tutor time boosters in Maths, Science and French in order to address catch-up activities with specific target groups.

These sessions are staffed and fully resourced both in terms of the sessions, but also in the follow-up activities.

They are usually set-up for Year 11, although there are also targeted Year 10 sessions as well.

Saturday Schools

We have scheduled in a range of Key Stage Four Saturday Schools from the Autumn Term – with the usual focus being February onwards) targeted at covering lockdown content and closing gaps in a targeted and systematic way.

 The Saturday School schedule will be further extended in the Spring and Summer Term as we head towards the final exams.

Additionally, we will be offering sessions in February Half-Term School, Easter Holiday School and June Holiday School.

ACE Meetings

We have re-established our ACE Meeting programme at Key Stage Four so that student and parental meetings are staged throughout the year to address under-achievement and gaps and to provide targeted (and funded) support for specific interventions.

Key Stage Four Isolation Work

We have extended the role of our SLT KS4 Lead (Sam Sullivan) and the provision of Show My Homework so that we can set work for those students isolating immediately and now via SMHW on an individual basis.

KS4 Reports

We have re-designed Year 10-11 Reports so that all academic guidance is provided by the KS4 Lead (alongside further SLT support as required) so that feedback is directive and clear and is heavily focused on KS4 progression.

Data Checks

We have installed an extra Data Check – having withdrawn it under ‘well-being’ direction – so that staff and students remained focused on their progress and interventions can be immediate and responsive to gaps.

Y11 Mock Exams

The Year 11 Mock Exams have been re-designed to include preparatory and assessment work to ensure they check and review ‘lockdown’ content and have catch-up materials to address gaps.

Course Booklets

All subject areas have produced a string of course booklets designed to enable rapid course content coverage and structured notes which assist students in systematically covering content and developing subject skills.

Revision Support

We are funding or part-funding a wide range of KS4 revision materials for students in order to facilitate and structure revision throughout the academic year.

Evaluation

We regularly review our COVID Catch-Up provision in terms of delivery an effectiveness as it is very much a live programme that responds to needs as they emerge.

In order to support our regular evaluation, we have re-instated Data Checks in Year 11 and Year 13 on a half-termly basis and this information, alongside mock exam results, is used to gauge progress and to steer interventions where required.

The Data Checks also informed KS3 and Year 10 interventions, and whilst clear plans are already formulated, we have retained a flexibility to allow to these to be altered according to need.

Indeed, the school’s historical exam results provide a context of where we sit:

Summer 2019 = Progress 8 Score of +0.6
Summer 2020 = N/A (CAGs)
Summer 2021 = N/A (CAGs)
Summer 2022 = Progress 8 Score of +0.58 (using 2019 benchmarks)

For more information about our COVID Catch-Up work, please contacted Matt Allman, Headteacher, via office@friary.greywoodmst.co.uk.