Monday 22nd June 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19): How does the catch-up package work?
The government has announced a £1 billion funding package to support a catch-up plan for schools.
Primary and secondary schools will split £650 million in additional funding for the 2020/2021 academic year to help their pupils catch up on education they have missed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It is not yet clear whether the funding will be awarded on a per-pupil or grant basis.
The remaining £350 million will pay for the establishment of a National Tutoring Programme, which will run for the duration of the 2020/2021 academic year and give schools access to subsidised tutoring sessions and free coaches for the most disadvantaged pupils.
The government has not yet released any official documentation on the funding, so the details remain unclear.
The DfE has said that headteachers would have discretion on how to spend the funding they are allocated, but that they expect schools to spend the money “on small group tuition for whoever needs it”. Schools can also spend the funding on other initiatives, such as Summer schools, but the DfE has not explained how this fits in with schools spending the money on tutoring.
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published a guide to help schools decide how to use the funding.
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Schools Week (2020) ‘£1bn schools coronavirus ‘catch-up’ package revealed’ <https://schoolsweek.co.uk/coronavirus-schools-education-catch-up-plan-tutoring-650-350-million/> [Accessed: 19 June 2020]
Related terms: catch up scheme, Summer catch up, catch up premium, catch up funding