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COVID-19 Catch Up Premium (draft)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium


Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit. The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial, and the scale of our response must match the scale of the challenge.

The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up on learning lost to school closures. This 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.




The £650 million catch-up funding will be available to all state-funded schools.

It will cover: 

  • 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.




Allocation of funding to schools will be calculated on a per pupil basis.  Mainstream schools will receive £80 for each pupil from reception to year 11.  Each mainstream school’s total funding will be provided as 3 payments

Autumn Term 2020 - Payment will be based on the latest available data on pupil numbers. 

Early 2021 – Payment will be based on the October 2020 census headcount. It will take into account the payment received in autumn so that the first and second payments total £46.67 per pupil.  

Summer Term 2021 - Payment of a further £33.33 per pupil will be made to bring the total to £80.