As a result of the impact of lost teaching time due to the pandemic, we have created a catch-up programme in English and maths for our pupils.
This is to ensure we accelerate academic progress for pupils who are not working at age related expectations. Our strategy includes small group interventions before or after school, as well as additional intervention groups with teachers and support staff during the school day. Our overview of the catch-up programme and further details are below. We will inform parents if we feel small group or individual catch-up support will benefit their child.
The Department for Education is working with the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and other partners to scale up delivery of the Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI).
NELI is a high-quality, evidence-based, 20-week intervention designed to improve the language skills of reception age pupils. It involves scripted individual and small group language teaching sessions, delivered by trained school staff, usually teaching assistants. Several EEF trials have found that NELI improves both children’s oral language and early literacy skills. A recent trial of the programme found that children made on average three months of additional progress compared to children in the comparison group.