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Covid-19 Premium

What is Catch-up Funding?

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 hardest hit.

We know that we have the professional knowledge and expertise in the education system to ensure that children and young people recover and get back on track. Returning to normal educational routines as quickly as possible will be critical to our national recovery.

The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This 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.

For further information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/catch-up-premium-coronavirus-covid-19 



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



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.

At Sarum St Paul's School, the Senior Leadership Team and Governors have carefully considered the areas that would most benefit from this additional funding.

Our Covid-19 allocation will be spent on:

  • Releasing an experienced teacher for terms 2-6 for 2.5 days per week to deliver quality interventions across the school
  • Increasing ELSA hours to provide emotional support to pupils remotely and in school
  • Ensure teachers feel adequately supported/trained in providing a recovery curriculum
  • Investing in a new PSHE scheme to raise standards across the school, provide CPD for staff and ensure quality, rich lessons are taught  
  • Releasing all staff to undertake the 'Alex Timpson Programme on Attachment and Trauma in School' training
  • Investing in digital devices and technology to improve the quality of remote learning and in school provision  


To read our school's full Covid-19 Premium Strategy, click here.