Catch up Funding 2020/21

 Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium

The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This includes 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.

Funding allocation

Schools’ allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to 11.

Use of funds

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 guidance on curriculum expectations for the next academic year.


Blakehill Primary School's Use of the Catch up Funding

 Aim: Provide a sustained approach to supporting pupil learning and their wellbeing, impacting positively on pupil outcomes 

The catch-up approaches selected by Blakehill school leaders have been included because

(a)  a strong existing evidence base suggests they are likely to be particularly promising (EEF)

(b)  school based evidence and practice indicate a positive impact on pupil outcomes

(a) a sustainable approach that empowers staff and has long term effects


  • CPD - great teaching is the most important lever schools have to improve pupil outcomes
  • Reading Comprehension strategies (+6 months)
  • Phonics (+4 months)
  • One to one tuition (+5 months)
  • Small group tuition (+3 months)
  • Early Years Interventions( (+5 months)
  • (Digital technology ( +4 months)
Please see school's action plan (below) for how the Catch up Premium will be used at Blakehill.