School Improvement and Covid Recovery Planning

Our School Improvement and Covid Recovery Plan for 2020 to 2021 can be viewed by selecting this link: 

School Improvement and Covid Recovery Plan 2020 to 2021 (March 2021 update) 


8.3.21 update:

All pupils returned to school from Monday 8th March. Assessments will take place at the end of the spring term to identify the extent of learning loss which will inform recovery planning for the summer term and beyond. End of year targets will also be revised in the light of this data.  SIP actions have been further reviewed and revised (after a review and revision in January) to enable the school to focus on the most pressing priorities to support pupils returning to school.



19.1.21 update:

A third national lockdown was announced by the Prime Minister on the evening of Monday 4th January. This resulted in the restriction of pupils who can still attend school from Tuesday 5th January (only vulnerable and key worker pupils can attend). Pupils not attending are learning remotely (approximately 50% pupils). As a result, this improvement plan is being reviewed and revised in the light of the new circumstances for schools at this time. At present there is no confirmed date for the return of all pupils to school. National testing has been cancelled (i.e. SATS) for this academic year.


The SIP and Catch up plan has been annotated to identify actions that have been completed/are continuing and new actions for the spring term or notes of paused actions as a result of the third national lockdown. 


Following a period of significant disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic and school closures, the school has identified two core priorities for 2020 to 2021:


SIP Priority 1:  Following school closures in 2019-20 (Covid-19) and in light of potential localised closures in 2020-21, enable all pupils to ‘recover’ lost learning, particularly in English and Maths.


SIP Priority 2:  Ensure that pupils are even more effectively enabled to learn how to keep themselves safe, including when and how to seek help


The school has a strong record of securing continuous improvement, strong progress and high outcomes. This year the improvement plan has been moulded by external events beyond our control that have had a significant impact on the wellbeing, progress and learning of all pupils nationally, including those attending our school.


The format of our improvement plan is based on the Education Endowment Fund’s research into effective implementation: ‘Putting Evidence to Work - A School’s Guide to Implementation.’


In addition to two core improvement priorities, the school has other areas for action and development that we will also address in 2020 to 2021 (outlined on page 6 of our plan).


It is important to note that, although much improved, the Covid-19 pandemic may still cause disruption and there are concerns nationally that we may experience a second wave in the autumn term. Depending on national priorities and the level of school response required, school improvement actions may have to be revised/delayed accordingly.  Leaders will continue to regularly review DfE/Government guidance and make adaptations as required to the school’s risk assessment and operations.  Staff feedback will also be sought to support ongoing reviews and adaptations.


Covid-19 Catch-Up Premium

Thorough baseline assessments, observations and evaluations have been completed (September).  St Alban’s has been allocated a total of £17,690 provisionally in additional funding to support the extensive work being undertaken to enable pupils to catch up.  (The funding will be given in three tranches: autumn 2020 £4380, spring 2021 £5934, summer 2021 £7366).  

The School Improvement Plan below details the key actions that will be taken to both accelerate pupil progress and support pupil wellbeing, thereby helping them to ‘catch up’.    The impact of this funding on academic progress, pupil wellbeing, behaviour and learning attitudes will be measured and evaluated through termly assessments and regular monitoring.