Following the COVID-19 Pandemic and subsequent closure of schools, the government issued an amount of catch-up funding to all schools to support with closing gaps in learning.
The amount of funding allocated is based on pupil numbers and is paid over 3 payments over two financial years. The total amount allocated to the Polygon School will be £16,320.
Autumn 2020 - £3,600
Spring 2021 - £5,920
Summer 2021 - £6,800
At the Polygon School we have considered the complexities of our pupils when deciding how to allocate and spend our money. We have also used the government recommended, 'COVID-19 Support Guide for Schools' published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to identify the best strategies, based on long term research, that will enable us to achieve the most positive outcomes.
The Polygon School have used their funding in the following ways:
1. Improve Access to Technology
2. 1:1 Tuition
3. Online Intervention Programmes
4. 1:1 GCSE Tuition (Certain Subjects)
1. Improve Access to Technology:
All pupils now have regular access to laptops and iPads both during and outside of lessons. This has allowed pupils to make more progress both in lessons and after lessons.
2. 1:1 Tuition:
Lots of our pupils have received regular targeted interventions in Literacy/Numeracy and targeted subjects at KS4. This has allowed us to close the gaps in learning and produce some excellent KS4 results.
3. Online Intervention Programmes:
The School has purchased several different software programmes for intervention. These include Lexia (Literacy), Doddle and Active Learn. These programmes have allowed us to identify gaps in learning for all subjects and set targeted work to improve these gaps. This has had a whole school impact.
4. 1:1 GCSE Tuition (Certain Subjects):
This has allowed our more able pupils to be pushed and to gain enough high quality qualifications for their next destinations.