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School reopening: how to accelerate catch-up learning for pupils who've fallen behind
Some pupils have lost more learning time than others during coronavirus and have fallen more behind than the rest. Curriculum experts Mary Myatt and Tom Sherrington share their key guiding principles for helping these pupils catch up.
- Identify the pupils likely to have the biggest gaps in knowledge
- Use low-stakes assessment in lessons to see if your predictions were right
- Guiding principles for effective catch-up from Mary Myatt and Tom Sherrington
- You can use a tailor-made programme
- Catch-up can take place in class
- Run after-school or lunchtime lessons
- Consider 1-on-1 or small group tutoring
We wrote this article with help from Mary Myatt, an education adviser and curriculum expert, and Tom Sherrington, an education consultant and former headteacher. Find out more about them at the bottom of this article.
Identify the pupils likely to have the biggest gaps in knowledge
Before pupils came back to school, you'll likely have identified those who've lost the most learning time and are likely to have the biggest gaps. This is something you may already be aware of as a senior leadership team. If not, talk to your teachers, designated safeguarding lead (DSL), special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) and pastoral team to find out.
Missed a lot of work, or weren't been engaging with or accessing remote learning (talk to your teachers, or whoever’s been overseeing remote learning) Didn’t have access to the technology needed, or whose home lives make home learning difficult Are vulnerable or have EHC
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