Coronavirus catch up premium – update

This summer, the Government announced a catch-up premium fund to help students catch up.

According to the Department for Education: “Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit. The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial, and the scale of the challenge.”

Updates involving the payment of this fund was confirmed this week. This blog post takes a look at these updates.

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How can you continue to teach if a second lockdown hits?

The Government has announced new rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus this week – and a second lockdown has not been ruled out.

The guidance for schools remain unchanged but schools should have a contingency plan in place if remote learning needs to be introduced.

This blog post talks you through the rule changes, the latest guidance and how your school should prepare for a second lockdown.

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Heads: schools will grind to halt unless covid testing improves

Headteachers have warned that education will “grind to a halt” unless covid testing improves.

Thousands of school leaders have written to the Government warning of “partial rolling closures” of schools and disruption to pupils’ catch up studies because of serious staff shortages.

The delays in covid testing are “severely hampering” schools, according to a network of over 5,000 heads. This blog post takes a look at the crisis in schools.

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Catch-up sessions for holiday

Parents can be fined for taking children on holiday during term time without the school’s permission because children miss valuable learning. For students who are absent, catch-up lessons for holiday learning time are vital to get them back on track. 

The UK Government states:

You have to get permission from the headteacher if you want to take your child out of school during term time. And you can only do this if:

  • You make an application to the headteacher in advance (as a parent the child normally lives with)
  • There are exceptional circumstances
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