To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to announce the start date of the claims window for schools to make a claim from his Department for the exceptional costs that they incurred from March 2020 to July 2020 as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.
The first claims window for the COVID-19 schools fund closed on 21 July. Schools have received payments of over £100 million for all claims within the published scope of the fund.
There will be a further opportunity later in the year for schools to claim for exceptional costs that fell between March and July, in the same approved categories as for the first window. Schools will be able to use this second window to claim for any costs in the approved categories, for which they did not claim during the first window. The Department will confirm the date of the second claims window shortly.
Schools have also continued to receive their core funding allocations throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. This will ensure that they are able to continue to pay their staff and meet their other regular financial commitments.