COVID-19 Catch up Premium
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 among those hardest hit. The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial. We know that we have the professional knowledge and expertise to ensure that children recover and get back on track. Returning to normal educational routines as quickly as possible will be critical to our national recovery.
The catch-up premium is funded on a per pupil basis at £80 per pupil. Though funding has been calculated on a per pupil basis, schools should use the sum available to them as a single total from which to prioritise support for pupils according to their need. 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.
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.