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What is the school's plan for Catch Up Funding?


At Greasley Beauvale Primary School our main area of focus for the Catch-Up Funding will be around the teaching, learning and provision for Phonics and Early Reading – predominantly in KS1. This area of need was identified from school data trends, the current SIP and from teacher baseline assessments carried out in September 2020.


Children will be identified by class teachers, from in- class observations and ongoing phonic gap analysis assessments. Teachers will state which children from their classes need which specific additional support to close gaps in their phonics and reading knowledge and skills. Intervention will be delivered through the additional hours of KS1 teaching assistants. Additionally, further gap teaching will be offered to children through the release of an SMT teacher and the Phonics lead to offer 1:1 and/ or small provision.


The remaining catch-up funding will be allocated to the purchase of more phonetically decodable books for use in KS2. This will ensure flow of reading provision, progress and attainment from KS1 to KS2. All teachers and teaching assistants in KS1 have recently undertaken quality Letters and Sounds phonics training through the Flying High Trust, English Hub, to ensure consistent and high quality teaching and learning provision is in place to close gaps effectively and swiftly both in class and through targeted interventions.  


Whilst the majority of the additional Catch-Up Funding has been allocated to KS1, existing in-school provision has been carefully allocated across KS2.


In Year 3, the teaching assistant moved up with the year group for continuity for the children and social and emotional support. As well as to best utilise the teaching assistant’s extensive phonics knowledge from working with the children in Year 2. In addition, much of the further spending on phonetically decodable reading books is allocated to Year 3.

In Year 4, experienced teaching assistants are allocated to run tailored interventions and provide social and emotional support. This is also where the school’s nurture lead and trained mental first aider teaches.

In Year 5, where there is currently the highest proportion of vulnerable children from our school, there are 2 specially trained nurture teaching assistants – 1 with a counselling background. The Year 5 team also has a key member of the school behaviour team.

In Year 6, there are 3 teachers across 2 classes, this aims to enable greater flexibility in tailoring learning and additional provision where needed to close gaps and boost progress. For the autumn term this team has included the Deputy Head Teacher and a member of the wellbeing team. From Christmas, the school SENDCo and the Acting Assistant Head will be 2 of the 3 teachers in the team. 


All areas of focus related to Covid19 catch up and the recovery curriculum principles are included in the school's strategy to give a clearer overview of school actions, although not fully funded through the Catch-Up Premium.


As a school we aim to identify and address gaps quickly, moving towards long term gains in progress and attainment as well as positive mental health and well being for all children.

Planned expenditure

Autumn Term

Oct 2020- Dec 2020

Spring Term

Jan 2021-April 2021 

Summer Term

April  2021- July 2021 

Phonetically decodable reading books £7417

TA 1 3 hours additional weekly £434 per term

TA2 8 hours additional weekly £1,446 per term

TA3 6.25 hours additional weekly £637 per term

2 day teacher cover for SMT gap teaching release £4,778 

TA 1 3 hours additional weekly £675 per term

TA2 8 hours additional weekly £2,250 per term

TA3 6.25 hours additional weekly £991 per term

2 day teacher cover £6,371

TA 1 3 hours additional weekly £764 per term

TA2 8 hours additional weekly £2,548 per term

TA3 6.25 hours additional weekly £1,129 per term

Planned Termly Total: £9,934

Planned Termly Total: £8,694

Planned Termly Total: £10,812

Total Planned Expenditure: £29,440