Catch up Fund

Our Catch up Fund Allocation 2020-21

The government is providing schools with £650 million of universal catch-up premium funding for the 2020/2021 academic year. The aim of the funding is to help pupils catch up on education they have missed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to make up for lost teaching over the previous months.

While funding has been allocated on a per-pupil or per-place basis, schools should use the amount available to them as a single total from which to prioritise support for pupils according to their needs. Schools do not need to spend the funds in the financial year beginning 1 April 2020, and may carry some or all catch-up premium funds forward to future financial years if they wish.

You can find out more about the Holly Park plan here: Holly Park Catch-up Funding Plan

Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months.
Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.
As with all government funding, school leaders must be able to account for how this money is being used to achieve the central goal of schools getting back on track and teaching a normal curriculum as quickly as possible. Schools should report on the use of this funding to the governing body.​