Covid Catch-up Scheme

You may have seen that part of the government’s plan to support schools during the Covid pandemic includes providing £1 billion funding to cover a one-off universal catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year.

The aim of this initiative is to support pupils to catch up for lost learning so schools can meet the curriculum expectations for the next academic year. 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 lost teaching time
  • a £350 million National Tutoring Programme to provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who need the most help, which includes:
    • a schools programme for 5 to 16-year-olds
    • a 16 to 19 tuition fund
    • an oral language intervention programme for reception-aged children

Payment schedule to individual schools:

Schools will get funding in 3 tranches.

Autumn 2020 – this is based on the latest available data on pupils in mainstream schools and high needs place numbers in special, AP, hospital schools and special schools not maintained by a local authority.

Early 2021 – based on updated pupil and place data. This payment will also take account of the initial part payment made in autumn 2020 so that schools will receive a total of £46.67 per pupil or £140 per place across the first 2 payment rounds.

Summer 2021 – a further £33.33 per pupil or £100 per place.

Please see our action plan at how we aim to use the funding at Baldersby St James