Release date: 19/06/2020

Updated 20 July 2020: Guidance on the COVID-19 catch up premium is now available from the Department for Education. Read the guidance.

The government has today (19 June) announced a £1bn package to provide additional ‘catch up’ support, with a specific allocation of the funding targeted at disadvantaged pupils who have been most impacted by partial school closures in England, during the lockdown period.

Details of the package include:

  • New measures to help primary and secondary school pupils catch up on lost teaching time
  • An allocation of £650 million for state schools to boost educational outcomes
  • A high-quality £350 million tutoring scheme targeted at the most disadvantaged pupils delivered over the 2020/21 academic year

The National Tutoring Programme (NTP) is targeted at disadvantaged pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium, however school staff and leaders can determine whether the support is appropriate for each pupil. This support is currently only available to state primary and secondary schools and excludes early years and 16-19 settings.The Education Endowment Foundation has provide more information on the NTP.

The EEF also consulted NGA on its Covid response tool-kit.

Announcing the fund, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

“We cannot afford for any of our children to lose out as a result of Covid-19. The scale of our response must match the scale of the challenge."

“This package will make sure that every young person, no matter their age or where they live, gets the education, opportunities and outcomes they deserve, by spending it on measures proven to be effective, particularly for those who are most disadvantaged."

More details on the package will be available next week.

Emma Knights, Chief Executive of the National Governance Association said: “We warmly welcome this significant investment into ensuring that disadvantaged pupils have the opportunity to achieve as best they can given their circumstances. We are awaiting further details as it is not yet entirely clear at present how much discretion schools leaders, overseen by their governing boards, will have in ensuring this funding is best spent. They will need to ensure that the support reaches the pupils who need it most and in a way that makes a difference. I am pleased that the Education Endowment Foundation consulted NGA on its Covid response tool-kit which has been published today."

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