Catch-up premium was available for the academic year 2020 to 2021 to mitigate the effects of the unique disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) It will not be added to schools’ baselines in calculating future years’ funding allocations. Though funding was calculated on a per pupil basis, the sum available should have been used as a single total from which to prioritise support for pupils according to their need.
Use of funds
This funding should have been used for specific activities to support 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 had 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 has been used to achieve Government central goal of schools getting back on track and teaching a normal curriculum as quickly as possible. The Governing Board, therefore, monitor that the school is spending its funding appropriately whilst holding the school to account for educational performance. This includes 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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