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Covid-19 catch up funding

Covid-19 Catch up Funding

The government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure. This was especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds. 


School allocations were calculated on a per pupil basis and Mainstream schools received £80 for each pupil in from reception to year 11 inclusive.


Schools used this 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 subsequent academic year in actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak.


While schools could use their funding in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances, they were expected to use this funding for specific activities which will help pupils catch up on missed education.

To support schools to make the best use of the funding, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) published a coronavirus (COVID-19) support guide for schools with evidence-based approaches to catch up for all students.