Catch Up Funding


Following the two periods of school closure to the majority of pupils due to COVID 19, the children of Bishopswood Schools Federation had to adapt as learners which has included receiving a remote learning curriculum, a reduced amount of face to face teaching from their class teacher and adapted methods of class teaching due to restrictions. This inevitably meant that many children have gaps in their knowledge from the previous year group when they returned in September 2020 and more recently in March 2021.

At Bishopswood, we have constructed a ‘recovery’ plan to ensure children catch up on any lost learning time and potential gaps in knowledge. This plan focuses on quality first teaching, empowering our team of teachers by providing high quality training, specific year group ‘gap’ filling, classroom intervention, delivering an extended schools programme and small group targeted support with the child’s health and well-being at the centre of all we do.

In order to ensure that the recovery curriculum provision is effective, we have used the work undertaken by the Education Endowment Foundation, specifically its publication Covid-19 Support - Guide For Schools to inform our provision.

What is the ‘catch-up’ premium funding?

The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. 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. Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months and have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their children and circumstances.

Bishopswood Schools Federation has been allocated £32,220 additional ‘catch-up’ funding to support interventions designed to close gaps in attainment for this academic year


Bishopswood Recovery Stratagy Plan