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. Though funding has been calculated on a per pupil basis, schools should use the sum available to them as a single total from which to prioritise support for pupils according to their need.
Use of funds
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.
Accountability and monitoring
As with all government funding, school leaders must be able to account for how this money is being used to achieve Government central goal of schools getting back on track and teaching a normal curriculum as quickly as possible. The Governing Board will, therefore, ensure that the school is spending its funding appropriately whilst holding the school to account for educational performance. This will include consideration of whether the funding is being spent in line with their catch-up priorities, and ensuring appropriate transparency for parents.
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