Catch-Up at NT

It is so important to us that all our students are caught up in their subjects and that their return to school is a calm, supported and happy experience for both staff and students.

Never has our school moto ‘Proba Tene’ been more apt. We certainly are ‘holding fast to that which is good’ and are celebrating the expertise and dedication of our teachers, and the hard work and resilience of our students. We know what to do to ensure your children are effectively ‘caught up’. We will calmly scoop them up and continue to inspire, motivate and support in any way we can.

Our whole school strategy is evidenced based and looks at research supplied by the Educational Endowment Fund; The Chartered College; and the Sutton Trust, citing experts such as Professor Rob Coe; Dr Daisy Christadoulou; Dr Harris Cooper; Alex Quigley amongst others.

For more information, of our strategy, and for a summary of the evidence review, please see documents Proba Tene Programme and Catch-up at NT.

Our catch-up strategy is based around three main areas (for more information see Catch-up Funding Costings):

 

  • Teaching and Whole-School strategies:

“Almost all school will have made significant adjustments to organisational and logistical aspects of school life. Ensuring teachers have training and support to adjust to these changes is like to improve the quality of teaching as all pupils return to school.” (EEF COvid-19 Support, 2020)

Here, we’ve used some catch-up premium to fund the following:

  • Staff training in meta-cognitive practice that ensures interleaving of knowledge and retrieval practice to catch-up and reiterate and recap knowledge
  • Staff training in use of technologies that will support remote learning
  • Staff training in ensuring a Blended Curriculum and the resultant resources
  • Additional costs in changing the structures of the school day
  • Resourcing additional revision materials

 

  • Targeted Support:

“There is extensive evidence supporting the impact of high-quality one to one and small group tuition as a catch-up strategy…Tuition delivered by qualified teachers is likely to have the highest impact.”
(EEF COvid-19 Support, 2020)

Here, we’ve used some catch-up premium to fund the following:

  • Additional staffing for small group and intervention teaching in Maths and English at KS4
  • Additional staffing for small group and intervention teaching in Maths and English at KS3
  • Additional staffing for targeted, PP, tuition
  • Examiners and markers to standardise, moderate and mark additional PPEs and assessments that are scheduled to check knowledge
  • Additional staffing in the Learning Centre to support any vulnerable students or students with SEND
  • Weekend workshops for students most behind

 

  • Wider Strategies:

“It will be essential that schools and families continue to work together as pupils return to school…There is a risk of high levels of absence after the summer, especially for disadvantaged students…In particular, lack of access to technology has been a barrier for many disadvantaged students” (EEF COvid-19 Support, 2020)

Here, we’ve used some catch-up premium to fund the following:

  • Time to Talk and Pastoral hub interventions and staffing to support students’ mental health
  • Personalised Learning Mentor for those students most behind
  • Additional technologies for both teachers and students: laptops; dongles; webcams; software; laptop trollies