The Government recently announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school and academy closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is especially important for our most vulnerable pupils and pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Government funding includes a one-off universal £650 million catch up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools and academies have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time
How our funding allocation has been calculated
- School and academy allocations have been calculated on a per pupil basis.
- Mainstream schools and academies will get £80 for each pupil in from reception to year 11 inclusive.
- Special, AP and hospital schools and academies will get £240 for each place for the 2020 to 2021 academic year.
- Additional weighting has been applied to specialist settings, recognising the significantly higher per pupil costs they face. A typical primary school or academy of 200 pupils will receive £16,000 while a typical secondary school of 1,000 pupils will receive £80,000.
Using the catch up funding
- Schools and academies should use the funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the curriculum expectations for the next academic year
- While schools and academies can use their funding in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances, they are expected to use this funding for specific activities which will help pupils catch up on missed education.
- To support schools and academies 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.
- To support schools and academies to implement their catch-up plans effectively, EEF has published the school planning guide: 2020 to 2021. This will provide further guidance on how schools should implement catch-up strategies and supporting case studies to highlight effective practice.
For more information regarding how Newquay Junior Academy is using it’s allocated funding to help it’s pupils catch up on missed education please click on the link below.
Covid Universal Catch-up Funding Strategy 2020-21