In July, the Government announced that children in England would benefit from a £1 billion Covid “catch-up” package to tackle the impact of lost teaching time during the pandemic. While some £350 million of this has been set aside for a National Tutoring Programme to give access to high-quality tuition for the most disadvantaged young people, the remainder is allocated per pupil for Headteachers to decide how it is spent, based upon their assessment of need.
This one-off grant is available for all state-funded mainstream and special schools, and alternative provision. Allocations are calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil from reception to Year 11. Special, alternative provision and hospital schools will be provided with £240 for each place for the 2020 to 2021 academic year.
Like the pupil premium, schools are expected to evidence the results of the catch-up funding so that it has the best chance of maximising impact. To see how we are spending our allocated funds, please see the Covid-19 catch-up premium report attached.