Support and guidance for schools during COVID-19 (COVID-19 Catch Up Premium)


To provide information to schools and settings about the DfE catch-up premium and the National Tutoring Programme, including funding amounts and how funding should be spent. To clarify the MKC expectations and approach in relation to the catch-up premium.

The DfE message: 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.

Funding allocation

School 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.

Special, AP and hospital schools will be provided with £240 for each place for the 2020 to 2021 academic year.

  • If your school gets the coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium grant in academic year 2020 to 2021, in line with

what academies should publish online about their use of catch-up premium funding’ and

what maintained schools should publish online about their catch-up premium funding’ you should publish details of:

  • how it is intended that the grant will be spent
  • how the effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils at the school will be assessed

For more information on the use of funds, accountability and monitoring (including the role of leaders, governors and Ofsted) and the National Tutoring Programme please see:

Last Updated: 6 September 2021