In 2021-22 we have utilised our excellent HLTAs in school. They have trained to be school-led tutors and have been working with children in school, targeting their English (Reading, Speaking and Listening and Writing) and their Mathematics.
From April 2022 targeted children will be working with the National Tutoring Programme on children who need extra support with their Mathematics. This will be through White Rose as the provider.
All teachers in school, for every subject, have planned so that children have not missed out on key aspects of the curriculum.
We have not limited our curriculum, either through the lockdowns, or since, to make sure all subjects are given the same status in school.
Please see our wellbeing and mental health strategies, to learn more about how we are supporting children and families post-pandemic.
Catch up funding
At school we plan to use the catch up funding to target groups of children in specific areas of the curriculum.
We are using the funds to purchase different elements of the National Tutoring Programme.
Years 5 and 6 will have Third Space Learning for Mathematics.
Years 5 and 6 will have Pearson for English.
Years 1-4 will have FFT Lightning Squad for reading.
All of the NTP schemes are monitored at the start and the end of the intervention, so we will be able to assess the impact of these through those systems which have been put in place. We will report to governors based on data from the end of the previous term and the end of the current term, then again at the end of the year, to determine sustained and prolonged improvement.
When schools were closed to most children in January, Griffin Park School initiated our remote learning plans. Luckily, we had continued to use Kidblog as our Homework platform when back in school, so everybody was used to working it at home.
Then our keyworker children more than quadrupled from last year's lockdown. So our plans needed to change.
Two year groups have been put together, and the two teachers will share in school and online teaching. The teachers have planned the curriculum from their two year groups, focusing on non-negotiable aspects of English and Mathematics, and worked out a plan for the foundation subjects to ensure the children are still getting curriculum coverage.
Lessons were planned together so that children were being given an equally high level of teaching whether they were in school or at home.
Each class has at least one live lesson a day. The other lessons, the teachers are on hand for live feedback, and support for all of the children. Lessons have been filmed and uploaded to ensure children fully understand their work.
Each class has a class email, so that parents can communicate with teachers at any time of the working day.
We are constantly monitoring, reviewing and improving our remote learning, just as we do our teaching in school.
At Griffin Park School we acted very quickly to ensure our children did not miss out on their learning.
We provided work books for Year 1 upwards immediately as lockdown commenced. As it became clear that we would not be returning to school, the teachers worked very hard and have produced 3 lessons (minimum) a day on our online system Kidblog.
Teachers and Teaching Assistants are able to communicate in live time with the children as they post their work up; checking on their well being and making sure they can still make progress within each subject.
By June teachers sent home more home learning packs, which were linked with the upcoming online lessons. This was to further support the children at home, and enable children with limited access to devices or the internet opportunities to keep learning.
Reception were then sent workbooks home too.
Teachers also held weekly Zoom lessons, in order to catch up socially with the children. These proved very popular.
Teachers have checked on those children not engaging with their home learning, by calling weekly.
Our vulnerable families were called weekly; twice weekly or daily, depending on the level of support they needed from our DSL.
Keyworker children and vulnerable children were still able to attend school throughout the crisis. When our school had to close, we worked with Witton Academy, as our hub school, to make sure we were able to keep on providing child care for those children.
On June 22nd school reopened to children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.
On June 29th we were able to open to Year 5 children. 15 of the 30 children wanted to attend.
On 6th July we reopened to ALL year groups. Children from Years 2, 3 and 4 returned to school.
We value every child at Griffin Park and whilst we know that the months of home learning will have had a negative impact on our children, we did everything we could to make sure this was minimised.