Catch-up Premium

COVID-19 Catch-up Funding - Spending Plan

Summary Information

No. students
on roll:


Amount of funding per student: £80

Catch-Up Funding Budget: £70,160.00 Trust top-up funding: Total catch-up funding: £70,160

Strategy Statement

Peacehaven Community School - Catch-up priorities:
How is it intended that the grant will be spent

• Teaching and whole school strategies:

  1. Standardised baseline assessments to allow forensic gap analysis from first lockdown.
  2. Enhanced CPD for all staff and support staff to ensure “Quality First Teaching” for all students and T&L “house” style to be embedded across the school.
  3. Formative assessment in line with Swale Networks/exam windows across the trust.
  4. High impact feedback to ensure students make progress over time, reduce the gaps in learning and address misconceptions.

• Targeted support:

  1. Student 1:1 and small group intervention support with subject specialists, especially Maths and English.
  2. Access classes allow small group support for KS3 students.
  3. Lesson 6 timetabled intervention sessions for Year 11 students.  

Wider strategies:

  1.  Supporting students and staff mental health
  2.  Review of the in school counsellor caseload to support identified pupils with anxiety/ engagement issues
  3. Virtual Parent evenings to improve engagement using Google Meet.
  4. Attendance officer to ensure pupils are in school, as well as to provide support for parents who may be anxious
  5. Use of Technology to ensure remote “Quality First Teaching.”

Overall aims of the use of catch up funding:
• To reduce the attainment gap between disadvantaged students and non-disadvantaged students.
• To raise the attainment of all pupils to close the gap created by COVID-19 school closures.

How the impact of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils at the school will be assessed:

  1. Robust data and assessment cycle built into the curriculum.
  2. Distinct KS3 and KS4 assessment policies will show progress over time. 
  3. Regular student progress meetings with SLT, Core, EBACC and Open subject team leaders to measure impact.
  4. SEND provision tracking.
  5. Use of Remote learning trackers to measure student engagement and early identification of gaps.
  6. Tracking of additional resources to measure impact eg: GCSEPod,
  7. Lesson 6 intervention groups timetabled and impact monitored.
  8. Attendance tracking.
  9. Analysis of DA data to monitor closing of the gap and impact of strategies in place.

Action Plan

Teaching and Whole School Strategies

Focus / Year Group



Intended Impact


Year 7

Need to understand the ability of our new Year 7 intake without SATs scores




Literacy levels of students entering PCS are below the national average.

CATS test results for all year 7 students on entry to PCS will be used alongside baseline tests to help determine target students and plan interventions.

Use the NGRT test results for all children in Year 7 to determine students that need intervention to improve reading skills.

Identify the ability range of students on entry to PCS, so that students can be set where applicable, intervention put in place to address gaps and Year 11 target setting using FFT.
Track reading ages over time and access impact of reading strategies.







Whole school

Identify gaps in learning that may exist due to Covid 19 closures.

Baseline assessments for all students in all subjects to take place on return to school. Assessments will address knowledge and skills that should have been grasped during lockdown.

These baselines will identify lost learning and address misconceptions. Interventions will be put in place and changes to the curriculum if needed.


Year 11and 10

Address the attainment gap that may exist in year 11 and 10 due to lost learning.

Timetabled Lesson 6 intervention to target students that have gaps in learning.

Students will have the subject knowledge and skills they need to achieve target grades in their summer examinations.

Staff cost-  already in budget


As many of our students have low literacy levels already the impact of Covid has heightened the need for intervention for many students.

Use of “accelerated reader” in English lessons to improve reading skills across KS3.

Increase the number of students that are reading at chronological age and can access the national curriculum effectively.


Whole School

To ensure that all staff are supported and prepared for the new challenges of digital learning.

Effective CPD for all staff to support curriculum planning, focussing on the effective use of technology e.g Use of Google classroom.

Assistant headteacher focussing on digital learning across the whole school.

Staff are confident users of the Google suite and plan effective lessons that deliver the national curriculum effectively.

Staff cost - already in budget

Year 10 & 11

Individual support for all students with text based and electronic resources. Significant numbers of DA students at KS4

Purchase revision guides for all students to ensure independent work can be completed at home.

Purchase Scientific calculators

Improved attainment.
All students able to access mathematics curriculum with correct equipment available





Targeted Support

Focus / Year Group



Intended Impact


Year 11 and 10

Students have significant gaps in knowledge due to lockdown. Intervention is required to help students achieve a grade 4 or above.

Small group Maths tutoring for targeted students from an external Maths tutor.

Targeted students will achieve a pass (Grade 4 or above) in Maths so that they can access college courses.


Year 7

On entry Year 7 have low numeracy and literacy skills with significant gaps from lost learning in year 6.

Use of CATs testing to identify students for small group tuition from trained teaching assistants in Maths and English.

Identify potential changes to the timetable to support additional maths

Students make accelerated progress as a result of intervention and can access the national curriculum.


Year 11 and 10

Improve independent study skills with a focus on improving motivation and resilience. Dealing with anxiety of exams.

Deliver a programme of revision strategies including CPD for staff, using an external provider. To begin in term 4.

Students implement strategies that improve their attainment with improved performance in exams. Students report feeling  more confident and less anxious around exams.


Wider Strategies

Focus / Year Group



Intended Impact


Whole School

Improve classroom technology and use of ICT to support remote online learning and improve pedagogy.

All students have access to technology to complete remote online learning, with a particular focus on disadvantaged students. 

Purchase GCSEPod

Purchase MathsWatch

All students have suitable technology to access remote learning.
To provide high quality online materials to support independent learning for GCSE cohort and support revision.






Whole school

Help support parents with their role in supporting their child and improve engagement.

Move all parent consultation evenings to an online format.

Remote learning page on our website to support remote learning.

To maintain communication between home and school regarding academic performance and offer ongoing pastoral support.



Close the gaps in careers guidance and further education.

Year 11 and 10 to have a 1:1 careers interview remotely.

To ensure guidance and next steps is given to all Year 11 students.
To reduce the number of possible NEETs.


Whole School

Attendance of students, especially vulnerable students that are concerned with the risk of Covid infections.

Wearing of masks, use of hand sanitizer and wiping of surfaces, alongside Bubble zoning all put in place from September. 

To create a safe environment where students and parents feel safe to send their child.


Whole School

Staff and Student well-being is a priority to ensure positive mental health and support the local community.

Staff support group setup with regular meetings.
Supervision offered for staff
School counselor once a week.

To support staff and student mental health during this national pandemic.




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01273 581100