Catch Up Premium
Recovery premium funding
The recovery premium grant is part of the government’s package of funding to support pupils whose education has been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).
It is a time-limited grant providing over £300m of additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year and £1bn across the 2022 to 2023 and 2023 to 2024 academic years.
It is focused on pupil premium eligible pupils and pupils in specialist settings such as special schools, special units and pupil referral units (PRUs). This is because of the additional impact of the pandemic on these students.
However, schools can use it to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting any pupil based on an assessment of individual need.
Pupil eligibility and funding rates for academic year 2022 to 2023
Recovery premium allocations for mainstream schools will be based on pupil premium eligibility. This includes:
pupils who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), including eligible children of families who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF)
pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 years
children looked after by local authorities, referred to as looked-after children (LAC), and children previously looked after by local authorities, referred to as previously looked-after children (PLAC)
Funding rates for 2022 to 2023
Swimbridge only qualifies for the minimum payment of £2,000, referred to as a ‘floor’ to ensure that an eligible primary school will not receive less than £2,000.
Using recovery premium funding
Like the pupil premium, schools can:
spend the recovery premium on a wider cohort of pupils than those who are eligible for the funding
direct recovery premium spending where they think the need is greatest
Funding for looked-after children should be managed by the local authority virtual school head. They should work with schools, including the designated teacher, to decide how to use the funding effectively to support looked-after children.
At Swimbridge CE Primary School, this money will be used in order to provide:
Curriculum resources and materials that support “catch up” and the mental health of all pupils.
Additional support staff to develop the outcomes of children who have been identified as needing “catch up” in their learning.
The impact of the expenditure on the educational attainment of pupils at Swimbridge CE Primary School will be assessed using:
Ongoing teacher assessment and assessment for learning
Pupil voice and conferencing outcomes
For more information about the funding, visit the Department for Education website.