COVID Catch-up Premium Grant
As a result of the unique disruption to education due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) in 2019-2020, the government have provided all schools with an additional Catch-up Premium Grant that is to be used by school to ensure pupils have the very best opportunities to catch-up in their learning. Schools’ allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in the years’ Reception through to Year 6 in Primary schools.
As the Catch-up Premium has been designed to mitigate the effects of the unique disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), the grant will only be available for the 2020 to 2021 academic year. It will not be added to schools’ baselines in calculating future years’ funding allocations.
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 guidance on curriculum expectations for the next academic year. Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.
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. Schools should use this document to help them direct their additional funding in the most effective way.
The EEF advises the following:
Teaching and whole school strategies Targeted Approaches Wider Strategies
* Supporting great teaching * One to One and small group tuition * Supporting parents / carers
*Pupil assessment and feedback * Intervention programmes * Access to technology both in school and at home
*Transition support * Extended school time for learning
*Remote Learning strategy * Other targeted approaches such wellbeing support