Catch up funding
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.
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. Schools' allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil.
Schools should used 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. Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.
To support schools to make the best use of this funding, the Education Endowment Foundation (EFF) has published coronavirus (COVID-19) support guide for schools with evidence-based approaches to catch up for all students.