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Catch-Up Funding

Here at Burnside Secondary School PRU (ELAP) East London Alternative Provision meetings have taken place with PRU’s and other places of education to swap ideas and sharing best practice on how we have helped our students during their transitions and on how the funding will be best spent. Below is some further information on how this funding is allocated and how it can be spent.

Purpose of the fund

The AP cohort, a significant proportion of whom are in year 11, are already vulnerable and at greater risk of becoming not in education, employment or training (NEET) than their peers. These risks have increased since schools closed for most pupils and without substantial transition support, many of the current year 11s in AP are at heightened risk this year of becoming NEET. Becoming NEET limits life chances and engagement in education is a protective factor from a range of harms. Bespoke, needs-based interventions are needed to support these year 11 pupils transition to post-16 provision successfully.

Many of these students will attract some disadvantage funding when they are in the 16 to 19 phase. It is up to post-16 providers how they use this funding to support disadvantaged students, and we know some use it to help retain students.

We encourage the APs to engage with the further education sector to help ensure ex-AP pupils sustain their post-16 destinations and avoid becoming NEET.

We also strongly encourage AP settings to work with commissioners, whether local authorities or schools, and other local organisations including the voluntary and community sector, to put in place effective intervention packages. This is particularly pertinent to local authorities’ social care teams given pupils in AP are 13 times more likely to have a social worker than their mainstream peers. Interventions should draw on evidence-based practice wherever possible and be based on pupils’ individual needs, matched with the best locally available provision.

This funding is a one-off allocation in response to schools’ limited opening to some pupils due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

What you can spend it on

We expect school and college leaders to identify the most effective and best value solution(s) available locally to support their year 11 cohort into post-16 settings.

This could include:

  • backfilling a staff member as a ‘transition specialist’ to organise activities and act as a mentor/advocate for year 11 pupils over the summer and/or during the autumn term
  • extending the contract of existing ‘transition coaches’ or appointing new ones
  • engaging third sector organisations to provide engagement activities and/or expand existing transition programmes
  • providing some level of on-site support for the most at-risk pupils during the autumn term and preparing them for January entry into further education

Schools and colleges can fund activities tailored to an individual pupil or can pull together the funding into a package that supports wider groups of year 11s.

For a more comprehensive look at this information go to: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/alternative-provision-year-11-transition-funding