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Catch Up and Recovery Premium Funding

What is Catch Up and Recovery Premium Funding?

In 2020-21 the government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds. This funding included:

  • A one-off universal £650 million catch up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.
  • A £350 million National Tutoring Programme to provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who need the most help, which includes:
  • A schools programme for 5 to 16-year-olds.
  • 16 to 19 tuition fund.
  • An oral language intervention programme for reception-aged children.


In February 2021, the government announced a one-off recovery premium as part of its package of funding to support education recovery.

The recovery premium provides additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year. Building on the pupil premium, this funding will help schools to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting disadvantaged pupils.


Funding allocations for 2021-22

School allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis.

Mainstream schools will get:

  • £145 for each eligible pupil in mainstream education
  • £290 for each eligible pupil in a special unit

Other types of eligible schools will get £290 for each eligible pupil.


Using Catch Up and Recovery Premium Funding 

Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to recover lost learning, in line with the curriculum expectations for the next academic year in actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak.


While schools can use their funding in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances, they are expected to use this funding for specific activities which will help pupils catch up on missed education.


Below is our Dalestorth Catch Up and Recovery Premium Funding Plan which details how we are spending our allocated money to ensure as many of our children as possible get the opportunity to recover lost learning time.

For more details about our Pupil Premium and Recovery Premium Strategy please click here