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COVID Recovery Funding 20/21

Covid Recovery Spending Information


In September 2020, the government announced details of funding to support children and young people to help with the learning recovery following the unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).  This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.


Bolton Primary school have been given:

Autumn term 2020 - £1140

Spring term 2021- £1570

Summer term 2021 - £4720 (predicted) £80 per pupil

All pupils completed baseline assessments in the first week in September and were assessed again at the end of November to identify:

- Areas for improvement across the school

- which pupils need it the most (considering those students that already receive learning support time).  


Funding was used to subscribe to Lexia uk for every child in the school (for two years). This is a systematic and structured approach to six areas of reading from phonological awareness to comprehension. The program creates personalised learning paths for each student.

Using their assessment data, we identified children for intervention sessions with two teachers and two teaching assistants. These were for children that were up to four terms behind according to standardised scores.

Intervention began in November and we timetabled 15 weeks of weekly one hour or thirty-minute sessions. These were in Maths, GAPS, Phonics, Writing and Reading.

Due to the second lockdown in January, intervention sessions were paused but children were able to make full use of Lexia uk during remote learning.


Following the return to school in March, interventions sessions resumed and spring assessments took place to identify

further children for intervention.


In the summer term. Two teachers are working for two afternoons per week, one teaching assistant for one afternoon and one teaching assistant for one morning delivering small group sessions for up to 6 children in Maths, GAPS, Phonics, Writing and Reading.


Children from Reception to Y6 have benefitted considerably from the funding; through Lexia uk, we feel all pupils are being impacted. We have kept data on students receiving intervention in each year group and these are identified on our Tracking grids.

21/22 Recovery Funding - Further recovery funding is based on Pupil Premium numbers in school. We are using this funding to pay for an extra teacher 1 - 2 days each week to offer intervention and small group support.