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Financial information, including Catch-Up, Pupil Premium and Sports Funding

Catch-Up Funding

The government announced funding to support children and young people to catch-up. This includes a one-off universal 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.

As the catch-up premium has been designed to mitigate the effects of the unique disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), the grant will only be available for the 2020 to 2021 academic year. It will not be added to schools’ baselines in calculating future years’ funding allocations.

Why is it important?

Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds may be among those hardest hit. The aggregate impact of lost time in education may be substantial, and the scale of our response must match the scale of the challenge.

Pupil Premium Funding

The ‘Pupil Premium’ was introduced in April 2011. The Government provides additional funding for certain groups of pupils: those who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), children who are looked after and pupils whose parents are in the armed forces. This includes pupils who have been eligible for FSM within the past 6 years (FSM Ever 6).

“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium…is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” Source DfE website.

Reporting on the impact of the Pupil Premium funding for the period September - March due to Covid-19 school closures.

PE and Sports Premium Funding

The Government has provided funding since 2013 to ‘provide new, substantial primary school sport’. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools, as well as improving the quality of mental health.

Sports Premium is focused on improving the quality and breadth of PE and sporting provision for all pupils. The proposal includes recommendations to develop initial teacher training and continual professional development to make a sustained impact on the quality of physical education.