In June 2020, the government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up on missed learning caused by coronavirus (COVID19), with particular focus on the most vulnerable pupils and pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Further details confirmed a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year; this was to ensure that all schools had the support they needed to help all pupils make up for missed learning. School allocations were calculated on a per pupil basis with mainstream schools receiving £80 for each pupil from reception to year 11 inclusive.
Schools were advised to use the funding for specific activities to support their pupils’ education recovery in line with the curriculum expectations in the DfE publication ‘actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak guidance’. Advice stated that schools could use funding in any way that suited their cohort and circumstances.
Schools were advised that they should publish details of:
- how it is intended that the grant will be spent
- how the effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils at the school will be assessed
We would therefore like to ensure transparency with parents/carers and share our use of the Catch-Up Premium for 2020 – 21.