Covid-19 ‘Catch up’ Premium

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). This is especially important for the most vulnerable pupils and pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds who we know have been most affected. This funding includes:

  • a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for missed learning
  • a £350 million National Tutoring Programme to provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who need the most help, which includes:

This guidance applies to the catch-up premium only.


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

We will provide funding to local authorities for pupils with education, health and care (EHC) plans who are educated in independent special schools based on the number of such pupils in their area.

Funding allocations

School allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis.

Mainstream schools will get £80 for each pupil from reception to year 11 inclusive.

The following settings will get £240 for each place for the 2020 to 2021 academic year:

  • special schools, including special units within mainstream schools
  • AP schools
  • hospital schools

We have applied additional weighting to specialist settings, recognising the significantly higher per pupil costs they face. A typical primary school of 200 pupils will receive £16,000 while a typical secondary school of 1,000 pupils will receive £80,000.

See the Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium: allocations guidance for further information.


Further Information

The catch-up premium has been designed to mitigate the effects of the unique disruption caused by the Coronavirus pandemic and is only available for this academic year. The funds must be spent in the best way for the school's pupils to make the best progress possible to 'catch-up' with lost learning. Each school will utilise the funding and decide on what is best to support their pupils.

As a resource for school, the Education Endowment Foundation has published a support guide for schools with evidence-based approaches to catch up for all students. At Our Lady and St Edward's Catholic Primary School, we have used the Education Endowment Fund Guide to Support School Planning: A Tiered Approach to 2020-21. The guide proposes a tiered model that focuses upon (1) high-quality teaching, (2) targeted academic support, and (3) wider strategies.

Please click on the link to view Our Lady and St Edward's Catholic Primary School Covid ‘CATCH UP’ Tiered Approach Plan

Please click on the link to view Our Lady and St Edward's Catholic Primary School Covid ‘Catch Up’ Spending Plan

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