Coronavirus catch-up premium: summary

Your school can continue to carry forward any unspent coronavirus catch-up premium into 2022/23. Understand how your school can use it and how to hold school leaders accountable for spending it.

Last reviewed on 3 October 2022
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. What is it? 
  2. Who's eligible? 
  3. How should our school spend the funding? 
  4. How will our school's use of the funding be scrutinised? 
  5. How should our school report on the catch-up premium? 

What is it? 

The government provided funding to cover a one-off universal catch-up premium for the 2020/2021 academic year. 

It aims to support pupils to catch up for lost learning caused by the pandemic. Whilst it's a one-off catch-up premium, you can carry forward any unspent funding to future academic years. Please note that while this guidance has now been withdrawn, our article remains accurate.

You're able to spend the funding in the most effective way for your pupils, which could include accessing the National Tutoring Programme

Who's eligible? 

Primary, middle, secondary and all through local authority (LA)-maintained schools, academies and free schools LA-maintained special schools Special academies and free schools Special schools not maintained by a local authority Independent special schools - LAs will receive funding for pupils with education, health and care (EHC) plans, based on the number of such pupils in the area  Pupil referral units (PRUs) Alternative provision