Catch Up Strategy and School Led Tutoring

As a school we have built our Catch up strategy for 2020-22 around several key areas, as highlighted by the EEF evidence. These aims are also explicitly linked to strands of our SDP for 2020-22

 Aspirations:  At St. Helen’s we endeavour to provide opportunities in all aspects of school life, for all of our children to achieve the very best that they can and to develop a lifelong love of learning, and to develop high aspirations and ambitions for their future whilst here at St.Helen’s. For all our children we wish for all our children to be Flying High.

 Key aims as part of our Catch Up funding and School Led tutoring:


  • That all our children including our most vulnerable children have access to good quality first wave teaching every day.
  • That children have access to regular feedback, both self and peer assessment that clearly moves children’s learning on and receive access to one to one feedback from teachers and teacher assistants including Interventions when necessary.
  • To promote and achieve high levels of attainment and progress, with all groups of children continuing to diminish the gap.
  • To ensure that all children make very good progress from their starting points measured and assessed in September 2020 in the core skills including Reading, Writing and Maths
  • To ensure that all children are re-assessed in Reading using the school benchmarking scheme.

     Targeted Academic Support:

  • All children that are highlighted as needing intervention provision are given a wide range of interventions.
  • Teachers and Teaching Assistants deliver high quality targeted support and the impact of their work is measured carefully.
  • Children with additional SEN needs, including those with EHC Plans are carefully tracked and monitored to ensure the provision they receive is ensuring progress.
  • To ensure that 100% of children meet the Year 1 Phonics standard.
  • That KS2 Year 6 children meet top 20% of UK FFT progress targets
  • That KS1 Year 2 children meet top 20% of UK FFT progress targets
  • That 100% EYFS children achieve a GLD.


 Wider Strategies

  • Children are supported in the school environment with their social, emotional and behaviour needs.
  • External agencies are used when necessary and Early Help given for those families that need support the most.
  • Parents feel supported in their children’s return to school.

What is the most effective way to support pupils achievement?

We have considered the recent EFF guidance that was published in August 2020: The EEF Guide to supporting school planning: A Tiered approach to 2020-21 to think about the best strategies to use in order to enable children to ‘catch up’. This is also considered alongside the EEF report published in June 2020 Covid -19 Support Guided for schools.

Please note this plan and strategy is a working document so that we monitor the impact of our actions regularly. The money received for Catch up was delegated to develop a two year strategy plan.

The allocated expenditure for catch up funding is: £80 per child x 204 children = £16,320 This will be split over two years from 2020-22. 

School Led tutoring:

2.1 Mainstream schools

For 2021 to 2022, the grant provided has been calculated to cover 75% of the cost of tuition, based on an average cost of £18 per hour and a pupil receiving a package of 15 hours of tuition, totalling £202.50 per pupil.

From the £18 average hourly cost, DfE will provide a maximum of £13.50 per hour for tutoring. Schools and academy trusts are expected to contribute the remaining £4.50 from other budgets such as the recovery premium or pupil premium. Schools can, if needed, offer provision at a higher unit rate than £18 but it will not be funded by DfE and the school or academy trust will be responsible for all costs beyond £13.50.

State-funded schools and academy trusts in England (as detailed above) will receive £202.50 per pupil for 60% of their pupils that are eligible for pupil premium, from year 1 to year 11. The number of pupils will be rounded to the nearest whole number.

School Numbers: Pupil Premium = 20 children (12 Pupil Premium children and 8 service premium children) therefor 60% of 20 =

12 children count for the funding streams x £202.50 = £2,430 Funding received into school.

As a school we have chosen to go down the route of school led tutoring- which will be a mixture of Senior Leaders and General TAs, the justification for this, is that these staff members know the needs of the children will.

Catch Up and School Led Tutoring Impact Report September 2022