Recovery premium fund to help pupils catch up

2021-03-02

Schools will share more than half-a-billion pounds of funding to help pupils catch-up with lost learning, the government has said. A £302 million ‘recovery premium’, allocated in the same manner as the pupil premium, has been pledged to schools by the Department for Education.


In addition, a £200 million funding pot will help secondary schools to run summer school programmes, as part of efforts to minimise the negative impact associated with partial school closures. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had pledged in January that £300 million would be set aside for catch-up, alongside finances that were committed in 2020.


According to the Department for Education, the ‘recovery premium’ will equate to around £6,000 for the average primary school, rising to £22,000 for the average secondary. The funding is designed to enable schools to “bolster summer provision” in the form of clubs and activities, or for providing tailored support for “the most disadvantaged pupils” in the next academic year. 


Mr Johnson praised the efforts of teachers and those home schooling, and said he wants to ensure that no child is “left behind” as a result of the pandemic. “This extensive programme of catch-up funding will equip teachers with the tools and resources they need to support their pupils, and give children the opportunities they deserve to learn and fulfil their potential,” he said. 


The recovery premium will be allocated based on the number of young people that are eligible for the pupil premium at a particular school – defined as those who claim free school meals or who have done in the last six years. That is slightly different to the £650 million Covid catch-up premium from 2020, which was allocated based on total pupil numbers, but with additional funding set aside for those in special schools and similar institutions.


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