A partner academy in the John Taylor MAT
A partner academy in the John Taylor MAT

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. 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 of universal catch-up premium funding will be available for all state-funded mainstream and special schools, and alternative provision. It will cover:

  • primary, middle, secondary and all through local authority-maintained schools, academies and free schools
  • local authority-maintained special schools
  • special academies and free schools
  • non maintained special schools
  • pupil referral units
  • alternative provision (AP) academies and free schools
  • local authority-maintained and academy hospital schools
  • local authorities for SEND pupils they place in independent special settings

The government will provide funding to local authorities for pupils with education, health and care (EHC) plans who are educated in independent special schools based on the number of such pupils in their area.

Universal Catch Up Premium Strategy Statement

To show how effectively we are planning to use the universal catch up premium, please click on the link below to view our online statement. We plan to assess the effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of our pupils in a variety of ways. We will use National Test Style (NTS, standardised assessments to track pupil progress from baseline to the end of our catch up programmes, CPD evaluations, findings from monitoring activities, pupil progress meetings, Boxall Profiles, work scrutiny and online learning logs. Reports will be generated for governors on a termly basis who will track the impact of the spending.  

Useful Links

If you would like to find out more about the coronavirus (COVID-19) catch up premium, please click on the link below.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium grant in the academic year 2020 to 2021