Recovery Curriculum (COVID Response)
(Written in September 2020)
As we prepare to welcome back all of our pupils to Great Sankey Primary following the summer break, there will understandably be some concerns around the academic and social learning which the children have missed since March 2020. For some pupils, covid will have impacted their mental health and emotional wellbeing also. With these in mind, we hope to share with you the approaches we will continue to take on how we will endeavour to mitigate against the gaps which have been created through lost learning as well as supporting their general wellbeing.
By investing some time at the start of staff and pupils’ return – through our themed weeks around 'Together We Learn and Grow' we can acknowledge what has happened, and can draw out the most positive aspect of all: that it is good to be 'properly' back together without the restraints of bubbles and to get back to a sense of normality that school life offers.
Staff at Great Sankey Primary have given great consideration to how to best address children's gaps in learning and have carefully planned our continuing recovery roadmap for September. In doing this, we are considering current research from the EEF and mental health expert Professor Barry Carpenter’s think piece, ‘A Recovery Curriculum: Loss and life for our children and schools post pandemic.’ In this piece, he recommends five levers that can help recovery using a relationships-based approach to support with reigniting the flame of learning in our children.
Lever 1: Relationships
Lever 2: Community
Lever 3: Transparent Curriculum
|Lever 4: Metacognition
As educators, we always acknowledge the different learning styles of our pupils and this will not change as we move into the new academic year. We recognise the need to build in opportunities for solving problems, self-evaluation and analysis as well as to encourage tasks which allow pupils to explore aspects of personal development such as resilience, independence and self-motivation.
Lever 5: Space – to be, to rediscover self and to find their voice on learning
We want to minimise any learning disadvantages our pupils may be at due to the pandemic and will seek further guidance using relevant and current research from the EEF:
Continued Curriculum Online Offer
On our return in September, all new classes will be set up with Google Classroom once again. Staff will continue to use this as resource and signpost children and staff to this to share homework, spellings, wider learning projects etc. The guidance issued by the DfE is clear in its expectations that pupils who have to self-isolate should be able to switch to remote learning immediately. Any remote learning offered because a pupil is self-isolating or due to a further period of local or national lockdown should be of “high quality” and should “align as closely as possible with in-school provision”. Therefore, our online offer will be maintained from September should the need arise.
Catch-up funding and the National Tutoring Programme
Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus, and returning to normal educational routines as quickly as possible will be critical to the recovery process. To support schools with this, the government have announced that funding will be given to schools to help children from Reception to Year 6 to ‘catch-up’ through 2020-21 and 2021-22.
It is vital that we ensure this money is spent effectively, therefore careful analysis of the needs will be undertaken. This will then enable us to direct the funding successfully. To support us with how to make the best use of the funding, we will be considering the guidance given in the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) ‘Support Guide for Schools’ and ‘School Planning guide 2020-21’ which has evidence-based approaches for pupil catch-up. This will also be coupled with effective interventions which we have tried and tested ourselves as a school.
Alongside this, the government have recognised that many disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils will be among those hardest hit, therefore they are also launching the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) which will provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who need the most help to catch-up.
School continue to follow government guidance around the catch-up funding and NTP https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-catch-up-premium