Students: Coronavirus

Department for Education written question – answered on 26th June 2020.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Conservative, South Holland and The Deepings

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to provide further support for students who have fallen behind in their studies during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The Government has announced a package of support worth £1 billion to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all children and young people make up for lost teaching time, with extra support in the form of a tutoring programme for those who need it most.

This package of measures includes:

  • A universal catch up premium for schools of £650 million to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.
  • A new £350 million National Tutoring Programme for disadvantaged pupils.

The ‘Covid-19 Recovery Guide for Schools’,[1] published by the Education Endowment Foundation, provides evidence-based approaches that will support schools to make the best use of the premium.

The premium will be paid as a grant to all state-funded schools in England over the 2020/21 academic year, in addition to schools’ core budgets for 2020-21. We will confirm the timetable for publishing institution-level allocations in due course.

[1] https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/public/files/Publications/Covid-19_Resources/Covid-19_support_guide_for_schools.pdf.

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