As you know the Government has given schools instructions for pupils to return to normal learning as from September 2021. However, we know that new parents will be concerned as to what procedures the school will put into place, should the situation change.
During the pandemic Springwell School was divided into three bubbles, with each bubble consisting of 8 to 10 Classes. All pupils still had access to additional learning spaces such as Art Room, Cookery, Soft Play, and Magic Room. These rooms were used on a rota basis by each zone and were deep cleaned after each zone has used these facilities.
Our Site Team were on site during the school day cleaning high traffic areas.
Each bubble had their own designated play areas and lunch hall, so as not to mix with other zones during busy times of the day, they also had their own dedicated entrance and exit.
We also worked closely with the Transport Team, so pupils were transported on buses with children in their own bubbles.
We hope that we have addressed all your questions. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Catch Up Premium
The Government has allocated funding to each school to support “Catch-up.”
The DfE guidance states:
Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the guidance on curriculum expectations for the next academic year.
How we are using the Catch Up Premium
At Springwell, we have decided to focus our spend on communication (including phonics), health and well-being. These have been identified as areas that many of our pupils have lost learning within during the Lockdowns. All three areas formed the focus for our recovery curriculum and IEPS during 20-21. In order to target the pupils who need to ‘catch up’ the most, a number of methods have been used. These include:
- Identifying pupils and groups of pupils through soft and hard data (e.g. termly IEP outcomes, teacher recommendations, communication profiles)
- Therapies or targeted support for individual pupils and small groups (e.g. Play Therapy, SaLT, EP support)
- Programme specific training for SSAs and teachers to support our pupils to achieve more in the key areas (e.g. PECS, Makaton, Getting Started)
- Resourcing key areas to supplement training (e.g. PECS, Spring into Phonics, Chillwell)
Below details the additional provision we will be putting in place, which will be funded by our “Catch-up Premium.”
1) Targeted approach
For identified pupils and groups
- Speech and language therapy
- Y1 catch up programme
- EYFS catch up programme
- RWI targeted support
- EP support for identified pupils
Wider professional development to impact on teaching and learning:
- PECS training for teachers
- Makaton training for SSAs
- Attention autism for teachers and SSAs
- Plus resources to support training needs
3) Wider strategies: to be identified
- Additional emotional support for targeted pupils: Play therapy
- Additional health support for pupils following lockdown (exercise and weight)
How will impact be assessed?
Each individual part of the Catch Up Fund will be assessed in a method suitable for that area. This can take the form of data at the start and end of an intervention, individual reports / case studies, IEP achievement data, staff evaluations etc. Regular Catch Up Fund progress meetings take place half termly between the Catch Up Fund Lead and Co-Headteachers to continually assess the success of each area and plan next steps.