Issues identified from September 2021 as barriers to learning (e.g. curriculum gaps / literacy / attendance / wellbeing)

  1. Gaps in knowledge and curriculum coverage due to national lockdown.
  2. Missed learning caused by Covid-related student/teacher absence.
  3. Effective teaching & learning strategies in lessons where social distancing is required.
  4. Understanding of the ability level of, and the need to set targets for, our Year 7 intake without SATS scores
  5. Difficulties with parents engaging in parents evenings, key stage transition activities and meetings regarding progress.
  6. Student wellbeing/mental health arising from isolation during lockdown, bouts of home learning, distancing from peers and health anxieties.
  7. Staff wellbeing arising from new Covid-secure systems and processes, isolation from colleagues, health anxieties & the demands of blended learning.
  8. Declining incidence of reading arising from reduced access to school library and prioritization of curriculum recovery tasks in English lessons.
  9. Reduced student access to IAG input caused by absence and re-designed phase transition activities.


COVID Catch-up Strategies

Actions

Chromebooks

Issues they address

2,3

Intended impact

To provide devices to students in Years 7 – 12 so they can access learning tasks remotely, participate in live lessons from home and catch up missed subject content more effectively by accessing historical electronic resources. These will also be used within school curriculum time to support catch learning and allow a broader range of teaching strategies

Cost

£52,761

Booster Tutoring Programme (My Tutor)

Issues they address

1

Intended impact

To provide targeted academic support to specific students who have been identified as being far behind in their attainment, progress and curriculum coverage.

Cost

£7,500

Learning gaps analysis

Issues they address

1

Intended impact

An audit exercise with curriculum leaders to accurately identify the curriculum coverage gaps arising from school closure during national lockdown, so that they will be addressed.

Cost

0

October recovery sessions

Issues they address

1

Intended impact

Learning sessions in October half term to assist students in acquiring missed knowledge and closing learning gaps.

Cost

£3,000

Easter recovery sessions

Issues they address

1

Intended impact

As above.

Cost

£12,000

Year 11 & 13 re-designed mock exams to included lockdown topics

Issues they address

1

Intended impact

An altered January mock exam series to ensure early learning and missed lockdown topics are tested.

Cost

0

CATS testing for Year 7

Issues they address

4

Intended impact

To identify the ability levels of the Year 7 cohort to assist with target setting and adaptive teaching, in the absence of Year 6 SATs.

Cost

£1,500

Staff CPD on T&L strategies

Issues they address

3

Intended impact

To enhance the ability of teachers to effectively teach students from a distance, with a focus on questioning and use of Google Classroom to check work and correct misconceptions.

Cost

0

Google Educator target (second year)

Issues they address

2,3

Intended impact

To accelerate the ability and competence of staff to use remote and blended learning, and to exploit Google Classroom to help curriculum coverage, we aim to ensure all staff gain level 1 and 10 gain level 2.

Cost

0 (Supported by Trust)

Key Stage 3 curriculum recovery group

Issues they address

1

Intended impact

To provide opportunities for selected students to cease a second language and focus on plugging knowledge gaps.

Cost

£1,000

Cease written reports and to introduce a Character Report

Issues they address

1, 6, 7

Intended impact

To allow staff to devote time to curriculum catch up and creating remote learning resources. To codify and celebrate the opportunities for character development, and to incentivise students to take advantage of the rich opportunities.

Cost

0

SSR process to focus on departmental work scrutiny & learning walks

Issues they address

1, 3

Intended impact

So curriculum leaders can properly determine the extent of any emerging knowledge gaps and make judgements about how effectively the curriculum is being taught.

Cost

0

Embed tutor time silent reading

Issues they address

8

Intended impact

To carve out time in the school day when students can read silently.

Cost

0

Accelerated reading scheme

Issues they address

8

Intended impact

To monitor the practice of reading and target support to weaker students including the purchase of the Myon online reading resource.

Cost

£3,000

Behaviour policy & centralised B sanctions

Issues they address

1

Intended impact

To ensure attitudes to learning are exceptional to help the process of curriculum recovery and the closure of knowledge gaps in lessons and at home.

Cost

0

Assistant Attendance Officer (2nd year)

Issues they address

2

Intended impact

To maximise the number of students who are in school or accessing remote learning and live lessons, so they get most exposure to teaching and can cover the curriculum.

Cost

£1,500

Additional cover supervisor (2 year)

Issues they address

2

Intended impact

To allow staff to focus on closing knowledge gaps and curriculum recovery. It also enables isolating teachers to delivery lessons from home to pupils in school, therefore closing gaps and maintaining the quality of education.

Cost

£16,000

Curriculum broadening and KS4 & 5 with Theatre Studies and RE (2nd year)

Issues they address

1

Intended impact

To recognise that the experience of addressing knowledge gaps and non-linear progression through subject curricular may mean that a wider subject choice at GCSE & A level is necessary.

Cost

£14,000

IAG website, remote options interviews Year 9, online subject guidance

Issues they address

9

Intended impact

To ensure students at key transition phases are provided with exceptional IAG so that they make informed decisions.

Cost

0

Librarian & establishment of library as a study resource

Issues they address

8

Intended impact

To champion a love of reading, promote books and literature, and to return the library to a place of scholarship.

Cost

£13,000