Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be amongst the hardest hit. The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial, and the scale of our response must match the scale of the challenge.
School’s allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in Reception through to Year 6 on October 2020 figures.
As the Catch-up Premium has been designed to mitigate the effects of the unique disruption caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19), the grant will only be available for the 2020to 2021 academic year. It will not be added to schools’ baselines in calculating future years’ funding allocations.
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 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.
You can read our plan to use our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Catch-up Premium allocation here.