COVID 19 Catch Up Funding 2020-21

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 who have been 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.

Schools’ allocations is calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to 11.

As the catch-up premium has been designed to mitigate the effects of the unique disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), the grant will only be available for the 2020 to 2021 academic year. It will not be added to schools’ baselines in calculating future years’ funding allocations.

Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the guidance on curriculum expectations for the next academic year. Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.

Specific content has been missed, leading to gaps in learning. Children still have an appetite for learning and lockdown has not affected their attitudes.


All children had access to books during lockdown but some read more often than others. A group of children are less fluent in their reading and the gap between those children that read widely and those children who don’t is significant.


Children haven’t necessarily missed ‘units’ of learning in the same way as Maths, however they have lost essential practising of writing skills. Specific knowledge has suffered such as grammar, leading to lack of fluency in writing. Those who have maintained writing throughout lockdown are less affected, however those who evidently didn’t write much have had to work additionally hard on writing stamina and improving their motivation due to the lack of fluency in their ability to write. Handwriting and the correct formation of letters is an issue particularly with Y1 who missed that important time in the summer term of Reception practising new writing skills.


Recall of basic skills has suffered – children are hesitant to recall addition and subtraction facts and have forgotten once taught calculation strategies.

In 2020/21 schools will receive £46.67 per pupil paid in 2 instalments: Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021. The remaining £33.33 will be paid in summer 2021. This is a total of £80 per child.

Total cost of provision (see grid)

Speech and Language Therapist- £720 (I extra day per term)

Behaviour Support worker-£5270 (10 hours per week)

Teaching Assistant-£5270 (10 hours per week)

Reading Resources-£3000



Identified children to have significantly increased rates of reading fluency

All children to make accelerated progress in reading

All children to access reading books at home and at school

 1-1 and small group work

Purchase reading books to support quarantine protocols and plug gaps in provision

Provide parent/carers with access to E Books via Oxford Owls

Identified children to make accelerated progress in writing fluency

Identified children to develop key maths knowledge that has been forgotten

1-1 and small group work

Focused well-being support in Y2

Targeted nurture sessions with Behaviour Support Worker

Identified children in early years to have speech and language programmes in place to support the acquisition of key skills in reading and writing

Employ the speech and language therapist for an extra day per term to carry out assessments on hold during lockdown

Children to have greater opportunities to access learning at home.

All staff to access Tapestry

All parent/carers to activate logins for Tapestry

Staff to support those parent/carers not engaging with Tapestry via welfare checks

Children to have access to appropriate stationery and paper-based home learning if required so that all children can access home learning irrespective of ability to access online learning