The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.
The £650 million of universal catch-up premium funding will be available for all state-funded mainstream and special schools, and alternative provision. It will cover:
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.
This funding will be provided in 3 tranches. We have now received our first payments. We will then gain a second grant payment in early 2021, based on updated pupil and place data. The second grant payment will also take account of the initial part payment made in autumn 2020 so that schools will receive a total of £46.67 per pupil or £140 per place across the first two payment rounds. A further £33.33 per pupil or £100 per place will be paid during the summer term 2021.
Though funding has been calculated on a per-pupil or per place 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 2020 to 2021 academic year. It will not be added to schools’ baselines in calculating future years’ funding allocations.
Please see our Covid 19 Catch Up Plan below.