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Catch-up funding

What is catch-up funding or recovery funding?

Catch-up funding was announced by the Government to support children who had fallen behind in education due to the COVID-19 pandemic and school closures for most children. This is especially important to the most vulnerable children in our society and children who are from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

In 2021-2022 this money is classed as recovery funding. 


How much money will John T. Rice get?

In 2020-2021 John T. Rice received £80 per pupil in FS2 - Y2 which was £12,160. This was put into our budget during Autumn 2020, Spring and Summer 2021 in three separate amounts.

In 2021-2022 John T. Rice will receive £7,395 which is based upon 51 children who were in receipt of pupil premium funding at the January census 2021 date. 


What will the money be used for at John T. Rice?

Schools can make the decision as to what they spend the catch - up funding/ recovery funding on.  By looking at our unique situation and the children at our school we decided to spend the funding on the following main aspects:


  • Employment of an additional Teaching assistant to work with small groups and 1:1 with children who need to catch-up in reading, writing and maths.  
  • To support the cost of teaching assistants being in class all day to work with small group and 1:1 on specific learning outcomes. 
  • Purchase of the maths intervention Breaking Barriers to support children who need to catch up in Maths. 
  • Train and deliver the NELI language intervention for Foundation Stage 2 children.
  • Train and deliver the Talk Boost language intervention for Foundation Stage 1 children.
  • Purchase additional IT devices to support online learning.

Further details of this year's recovery funding spending can be found in the Pupil Premium section of the website in this year's Pupil Premium plan.