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Get up to speed on the current school finance landscape so you know what government support is available and what financial challenges your school might be facing.

Your school's base funding from the government hasn't been affected by coronavirus – it'll still receive: 

  • Core funding allocations
  • Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) funding
  • Funding for alternative provision 

This is explained by the DfE in the ‘Sector-specific guidance’ section here.

However, the government has provided additional funding to help pupils catch up from the disruption of the past 18 months. We discuss these new sources of funding here.

Coronavirus catch-up premium

This was a one-off premium for the 2020/21 academic year, to help pupils catch up for lost learning.

Any unspent funding can be carried forward into the 2021/22 academic year and beyond – read our summary article here.

Recovery premium

This is an additional amount of money that builds on your schools' usual pupil premium funding.

You can read the full details in the DfE's recovery premium funding guidance, but the main points to know are:

If your school is eligible for pupil premium,

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