Children: Coronavirus

Department for Education written question – answered on 24th July 2020.

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Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how the £650 million additional catch-up funding for schools to support children who have missed education due to the covid-19 outbreak will be distributed; and if he will make a statement.

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

On Monday 20 July we announced more details about how the catch-up funding will be distributed to schools, available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-catch-up-premium. This confirmed that a primary school of 200 pupils will receive £16,000 while a secondary school of 1,000 pupils will receive £80,000. Special, alternative provision and hospital schools will be funded at three times the rate of mainstream schools for the 2020-21 academic year.

The universal catch up premium will be paid as a grant to all state-funded primary and secondary schools in England over the 2020/21 academic year on a per pupil basis. The funding will be provided in three tranches. We will provide schools with an initial part payment in autumn 2020, based on the latest available data on pupils in mainstream schools and high needs place numbers in special, alternative provision, hospital and special schools not maintained by a local authority. We will then distribute a second grant payment in early 2021, based on updated pupil and place data. A further payment will be paid during the 2021 summer term.

The universal £650 million catch-up premium funding recognises that all pupils, irrespective of their background or location, have lost time in education. All schools should use their catch-up premium funding as a single total from which to prioritise support for all pupils, guided by the level of individual need. Whilst school leaders will decide how it is used, the intention is that this money will be spent on the most effective interventions.

To support schools to make best use of this funding, the Education Endowment Foundation have published a COVID-19 Support Guide for Schools with evidence based approaches to catch-up for all students: https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/covid-19-resources/covid-19-support-guide-for-schools/#nav-covid-19-support-guide-for-schools1.

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