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Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up funding

What is the catch-up premium?

At the start of the autumn term, the government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure.  This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds. 


Eligibility for the funding

The followings settings are eligible:

  • primary, secondary and all through local authority-maintained schools, academies and free schools
  • local authority-maintained special schools
  • special academies and free schools
  • special schools not maintained by a local authority
  • pupil referral units
  • alternative provision (AP) academies and free schools
  • local authority-maintained hospital schools and academies
  • independent special schools


Funding allocations

School allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis.

  • Mainstream school will get £80 for each pupil in from reception to year 11 inclusive.
  • 2019 to 2020 academic year place numbers from the published local authority 2019 to 2020 financial year budget returns for local authority-maintained schools


Using catch-up premium recommend the following:

  • 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 curriculum expectations for the next academic year in actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • While schools can use their funding in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances, they are expected to use this funding for specific activities which will help pupils catch up on missed education.
  • To support schools to make the best use of this funding, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published a coronavirus (COVID-19) support guide for schools with evidence-based approaches to catch up for all students.




COVID-19 Catch-up premium policy (non-statutory)