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How to monitor and scrutinise the coronavirus catch-up premium
Be clear on how you can go about monitoring the catch-up premium for the 2020/21 academic year. Find out what questions to ask to scrutinise your school’s use of the funding, so you’re assured the money is well spent.
Note: this article is aimed at governing boards and boards of trustees. If you’re on a local governing body (LGB) in an academy, check to see if you’ve been delegated responsibility for monitoring the catch-up premium. If you’re the chair and you’re unsure, ask your trust.
Not up to speed on the catch-up premium? Take a look at our article.
What you need to monitor
You need to hold school leaders to account for how they spend the coronavirus catch-up premium this year.
You'll need to scrutinise your school's plans for and use of the catch-up funding and consider whether the school is:
- Spending the funding in line with its catch-up priorities
- Being transparent with parents on the use of the funding
You don’t need to reinvent the wheel here. The Department for Education doesn’t specify a particular method of monitoring, so it’s up to your board to decide.
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