COVID Recovery and Catch-up
We recognise that the two enforced closures and extensive disruption as a result of self-isolation, particularly in the autumn term, has had an impact on students that can be reversed. The impact of this has been even more acute on the well above average number of students who are in receipt of pupil premium and the initial delay in receiving devices to distribute to those who need them most. Whilst the term ‘catch-up’ is being used nationally to describe this agenda, we prefer to refer to this as COVID recovery. We have not limited this to academic recovery as we recognise there are a number of strands that need to be considered, some of which concern learning and others which involve getting students back on track socially, physically and emotionally. Equally, in terms of academic recovery, whilst we recognise the importance of provision funded through the National Tutoring Programme and Catch-up Premium, we also recognise that some of the benefits of this might be relatively short-term and want to focus on plans that are sustainable and close gaps over the longer term.