Covid-19 Catch Up Premium

Covid-19 Catch Up Premium

The government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds. 

This funding 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
  • a £350 million National Tutoring Programme to provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who need the most help

Funding allocations:

  • School allocations are calculated on a per pupil basis.
  • Mainstream school will get £80 for each pupil in from reception to year 11 inclusive.
  • Priory Academy has received £57,760 

Schools will receive this funding in three tranches: 

  1. Autumn 2020 – this is based on the latest available data on pupils by a local authority.
  2. Early 2021 – based on updated pupil and place data. This payment will also take account of the initial part payment made in autumn 2020 so that schools will receive a total of £46.67 per pupil or £140 per place across the first 2 payment rounds.
  3. Summer 2021 term - a further £33.33 per pupil or £100 per place.

Schools are able to use this funding for specific activities that suit their cohort and circumstances to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the curriculum expectations for the next academic year.

The table below summarises the plan for the expenditure of the Catch Up Premium:

Nature of strategy/support

Year Group/Key stage



Key Performance indicator

Reading Assessment resources/online subscription materials

Year 5- 8

NGRT testing


Identification of needs and gaps in skills and knowledge

Appoint an intervention teacher

Years 5 and 6

Small group teaching


Targeted teaching, addressing gaps in learning

Post-lockdown NFER assessments and targeted intervention sessions (filling gaps for those identified students)

Years 6, 7 and 8

Assess learning gaps-teach skills and knowledge (small groups)


Raised levels of skills and knowledge for those targeted students

Reading Assessment resources/online subscription materials

Year 9

Exact (GL Assessment) literacy testing


Identification of needs and gaps in skills and knowledge

Supporting parental engagement through COVID pandemic by initiating virtual parents’ evening system

Years 5 - 11

School cloud



Positive parental engagement

Use ‘Maximise your potential’ – study skills to empower students

Year 9, 10 and 11

Providing high impact Study skills seminars


Improved study skills practices and raised aspirations 

National Tutoring programme


Years 7, 8 and 9

15-week programme of English tuition for 45 students: weekly one-hour sessions delivered by ‘MyTutor’





Targeted teaching, addressing gaps in learning. Raised attainment

Use ‘Humanutopia’ programme to improve students’ motivation and confidence

Years 10 and 11

‘Final push’ workshop: Empower and inspire students post lockdown




Improved motivation and ability to set and achieve goals in a meaningful way


Use ‘Humanutopia’ programme to inspire and reflect improve students’ motivation and confidence

Years 7, 8 and 9

‘Who am I’ workshop: Reflect and inspire

post lockdown




Improved mental health and wellbeing of students


iPad subsidy for targeted students


Year 7 to 11

iPad loans to support home studies


Ensuring full engagement


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