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Catch-Up Premium

In September the government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds. 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 – for more information, see the National Tutoring Programme FAQs 


Funding allocation  

Schools’ allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to 11.  



This funding will be provided in 3 tranches. The initial part payment in autumn 2020, based on the latest available data on pupils followed by a second grant payment in early 2021 and a final payment in the Summer term. 

Though funding has been calculated on a per pupil basis, schools should use the sum available to them as a single total from which to prioritise support for pupils according to their need.  

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.  

Use of funds  

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.  

Accountability and monitoring  

As with all government funding, school leaders must be able to account for how this money is being used to achieve our central goal of schools getting back on track and teaching a normal curriculum as quickly as possible.  

Given their role in ensuring schools spend funding appropriately and in holding schools to account for educational performance, governors and trustees should scrutinise schools’ approaches to catch-up from September, including their plans for and use of catch-up funding. This should include consideration of whether schools are spending this funding in line with their catch-up priorities, and ensuring appropriate transparency for parents.   

School Overview  

Number of pupils in school YR – Y4 


Proportion of disadvantaged   


Catch-up Premium allocation (No. of pupils x £80)  



Following the assessments completed in September we have identified key areas that need addressing this includes speech and language in Nursery, individual target areas, writing, recall of number facts in Key stage 1 and overall fitness and emotional well-being. We have therefore decided to use the Catch-up Premium to provide additional support to classes, purchase Numbots, access a speech and language development programme and purchase Trickbox.  

A full report on the use of the Catch-up premium is available by following the link below