The Avenue Primary School 2020 – 2022


The key principles that underpin the DFE advice on curriculum planning are:

  • Education is not optional: all pupils receive a high-quality education that promotes their development and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
  • The curriculum remains broad and ambitious: all pupils continue to be taught a wide range of subjects, maintaining their choices for further study and employment.
  • Remote education, where needed, is high quality and aligns as closely as possible with in-school provision.

Using the principles set out by DFE schools within the James Cook learning Trust will:

  • Teach an ambitious and broad curriculum in most subjects from the start of the autumn term
  • Make use of flexibilities to create time to cover the most important missed content
  • Consider how all subjects can contribute to the filling of gaps in core knowledge.
  • Through other subjects there will be an increased emphasis on reading, writing and mathematics
  • Our aim to return to the school’s normal curriculum in all subjects by summer 2 – 2021
  • Substantial modification to the curriculum will be expected at the start of the year, so teaching time should be prioritised to address significant gaps in pupils’ knowledge with the aim of returning to the school’s normal curriculum content by summer 2 2021.
  • Teachers will be expected to use professional skills and knowledge to plan on the basis of the educational needs of pupils
  • Within subjects, teachers will decide upon the most important components for progression and ensure there is a greater focus upon these elements.
  • Curriculum planning will be informed by an assessment of pupils’ starting points and addressing the gaps in their knowledge and skills, in particular making effective use of regular formative assessment (for example, quizzes, observing pupils in class, talking to pupils to assess understanding, scrutiny of pupils’ work)
  • We will continue to use current tracking systems however this will be now termly assessments
  • We will further develop remote education so that it is integrated into school curriculum planning. Remote education may need to be an essential component in the delivery of the school curriculum for in the case of a local lockdown or groups of pupils not educated in school.
  • We will plan to ensure any pupils educated at home for some of the time are given the support they need to master the curriculum and so make good progress.

Although the dfe allocate each school an amount of money based on pupil numbers as shown below the school have invested an additional money to support the covid catch up process.  Each child receives £80 in the 2020/21 academic year.  We are committed not just in the academic year 2020/21 but moving forwards into 2021/22 and beyond.  Funding for next academic year is yet to be confirmed. 

2020/2021 DfE Allocation – £26 000

Funding allocationAimImpactEvaluation
Additional teacher Year 6 Sept-Aug 2021   £40,000 (full time)To provide enhance pupil teacher staffing ratio to enable immediate classroom-based interventionThe children have benefitted from small group teaching for the full academic year.  
Additional part time teacher in Year 1 Sept-July 2021   15,000 (part time)To target pupils specifically with early reading and phonicsEarly data showed that’s the children has missed out on a significant part of the play based curriculum in 
Additional Teaching Assistant in Year 5 in the Autumn Term   £5000Support additional interventions and create a smaller pupil/staff ratioMore children received small group intervention 
Appoint additional Lunchtime Supervisors     £9000To ensure covid guidelines are followed at lunchtimes and Teaching staff are not expected to supervise class for the whole of the lunchtime session. Teachers well being Positive impact on behaviour at lunchtimes3 additional lunchtime supervisors appointed.  All appointments have been extended until the end of academic year 2022 due to positive impact. 
National Tutoring Programme Year 5 (9 children) Year 2 (9 children)   £1000Additional small group work with a specific focus on closing the gap and addressing individual needsPupil Premium outcomes (many of the children are PP) 
Additional MIND counselling £1000Support emotional wellbeing of a greater number of childrenMore children able to access time with MIND worker and be happier in school 
Additional training Sounds Write for Year 3 staff in preparation for September 2021   £1500Children continue to access Sounds Write as they move into Key Stage 2  

2021/2022 DfE Allocation – £7000
Proposed school spend  – £75000

Funding allocationAimImpactEvaluation
Additional teacher in Key Stage 2   £30 000Additional teacher to back fill a more experienced member of staff who could step into the role of catch up leader in Year 3, 4 and 5. Data to be used to identify need and intensive intervention for key groups to take place throughout the school day.    
Additional part time teacher 0.6 in Key Stage 1   £15 000Based on the success of this in 2021/22 the support in KS1 will be used in a similar way to the previous year.  Children will have additional support and targeted intervention to lose the gap.   
Additional Teaching Assistant in EYFS   £20 000Reduce pupil/staff ratios within Reception.  
Extend contracts of additional LSAs appointed to support covid   £9000Provide additional lunchtime support to offer consistency from this academic year.  Smaller child/staff ratio on each playground.   
Additional MIND counselling   £1000Support emotional wellbeing of a greater number of children.  

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