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COVID Catch up Funding

To minimise the effects of COVID-19 on children, the government announced £1 billion of funding to support all children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds. Due to this fact, at Oaklands, we have decided to use our funding alongside our Pupil Premium Grant, to allow further targeting of our support package. This support is available to all children to minimise any adverse effects they may have suffered due to the pandemic.

For more information on how we are using this money, please see our Pupil Premium Strategy document, which can be found under our 'Key Information' tab.


Below is further information, published by the government on the COVID Catch-up Funding.


Funding allocations

School allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis.

Mainstream schools will get £80 for each pupil in from reception to year 11 inclusive.


Payment schedule

Schools will get funding in 3 tranches.

  1. Autumn 2020 – this is based on the latest available data on pupils in mainstream schools and high needs place numbers in special, AP, hospital schools and special schools not maintained by a local authority.

  2. Early 2021 – based on updated pupil and place data. This payment will also take account of the initial part payment made in autumn 2020 so that schools will receive a total of £46.67 per pupil or £140 per place across the first 2 payment rounds.

  3. Summer 2021 term - a further £33.33 per pupil or £100 per place.


Using catch-up funding

Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, 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.