On Saturday 27 November, the Prime Minister announced new temporary measures following the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the UK.
The new measures will be introduced as a precaution until the government have more information.
The Department for Education also updated its guidance on Sunday 28th November in relation to schools and the wearing of face coverings in communal areas. As such:
From Tuesday 30th November 2021, all staff, students and visitors will be required to wear a face covering in communal areas of the school. This includes, when entering and leaving school, when inside the building and moving between classrooms and in dining areas (except when eating and drinking).
School assemblies will be live on Microsoft Teams and not face to face.
Please click here for specific guidance on travelling to countries overseas, whereby you may need to self-isolate if you have visited them, within the stated time periods on the advice document. The school will be following this guide and we would advise anyone who meets these criteria to contact the school and their GP/the NHS on 111, as advised on the document.
The catch-up premium has been designed to mitigate the effects of the unique disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). Consequently, the grant is only available for the 2020 to 2021 academic year.
Use of funding
Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the guidance on curriculum expectations for the next academic year. Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.
Accountability and Monitoring
As with all government funding, school leaders must be able to account for how this money is being used to achieve the central goal of schools getting back on track and teaching a normal curriculum as quickly as possible.
Given their role in ensuring schools spend funding appropriately and in holding schools to account for educational performance, governors and trustees should scrutinise schools’ approaches to catch-up from September, including their plans for and use of catch-up funding.