Government Announces £1 Billion Coronavirus Catch-Up Premium for Schools – 30th October 2020 (England)

The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. 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 Government has also launched a £350 million National Tutoring Programme to provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who need the most help.

The £650 million of universal catch-up premium funding will be available for all state-funded mainstream and special schools, and alternative provision.

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

The £350 million National Tutoring Programme will comprise of at least 3 parts in the 2020 to 2021 academic year, including:

  • a 5 to 16 programme that will make high-quality tuition available to 5 to 16-year old’s in state-funded primary and secondary schools from the second half of autumn term 2020.
  • a 16 to 19 fund for school sixth forms, colleges and all other 16 to 19 providers to provide small group tutoring activity for disadvantaged 16 to 19 students whose studies have been disrupted as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) – guidance setting out further detail of this element will be issued shortly.
  • a reception year early language programme that will make training and resources available at no-cost to schools where additional targeted support for oral language would be particularly beneficial.  Schools should register their interest to participate in the early language programme by the 30th October 2020.

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