Covid catch-up premium

Funding allocation for mainstream schools:

Schools’ allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to 11. 

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 2020 to 2021 academic year. It will not be added to schools’ baselines in calculating future years’ funding allocations. 

Use of funds

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. (See also EEF – School Planning Guide 2020-21

Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances. 

Ashley Primary School will use the funding for specific activities to support our pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months in line  with the guidance on curriculum expectations for the next academic year. 

Accountability and monitoring

As with all government funding, school leaders must be able to account for how this money is being used to achieve our 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 should  scrutinise schools’ approaches to catch-up from September, including their plans for and use of catch-up funding. This should include  consideration of whether schools are spending this funding in line with their catch-up priorities, and ensuring appropriate transparency for parents.  

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