The government is providing schools with £650 million of universal catch-up premium funding for the 2020/2021 academic year. The aim of the funding is to help pupils catch up on education they have missed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to make up for lost teaching over the previous months. While funding has been allocated on a per-pupil or per-place basis, schools should use the amount available to them as a single total from which to prioritise support for pupils according to their needs. Schools do not need to spend the funds in the financial year beginning 1 April 2020, and may carry some or all catch-up premium funds forward to future financial years if they wish.
Mainstream schools will receive £80 per pupil from reception to Year 11 inclusive, and special, AP and hospital schools will receive £240 for each place. This funding will be received in three instalments, the first in Autumn 2020, the second in early 2021 and the third in the 2021 Summer term. School leaders must be able to show that the funding is being used for its intended purposes, and governing boards are advised to scrutinise their school’s plans for its use. The use of the funding will also be inspected by Ofsted when it resumes routine inspections.
This plan outlines how we are going to invest our funding for the whole school, targeted support and wider areas, e.g. supporting parents. Each section of the plan outlines the relevant considerations for schools, including actions to be taken, the aim of the intervention, how much the intervention will cost, who the lead member of staff will be and any additional comments.