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Catch up Premium

Purpose of Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium funding

The government believes that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium grant, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current adverse effects caused by the perood of school closures.


The Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium grant was introduced in July 2020 and is allocated to schools to support pupils by tailoring the use of the funding to identified gaps to attainment. Additionally, the school has recognised the detrimental effects of school closures on our most vulnerable pupils. This funding shall be used to support them to a greater degree. However, it is not ring-fenced to those children and can be spent in any way that the school sees fit, so long as the school is able to demonstrate that the specific needs of pupils have been addressed.


School leaders and governing boards need to ensure that their school has deployed significant monitoring strategies to assess the impact of this strategy whilst also considering implementation of the strategies contained within. It is for the school to determine how best to use the funding - there is no prescription within allocations other than funding should not be simply added to the dedicated schools grant budget allocation in order to compensate for any recent financial cutbacks to schools.


School leaders and governing boards need to ensure that their school is publishing information to parents and carers about how Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium grant funding has been spent in its entirety and what the impact has been on learning, attainment and pupils wellbeing and/ or pastoral care.

For the current academic year, we must publish our Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium grant strategy setting out:


We will review the impact the catch-up premium is making through our regular detailed analysis of data.


We will review the data across the whole school but analyse in more detail the specific areas that our catch-up strategy targets. For example, the additional support that has been place in year 5 will be closely monitored and adapated according to the on-going assessment.


Below is Whitemoor Academy's Catch Up Premium Plan: