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COVID catch up funding


The government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up for lost time after school closures during the covid response. This is especially important for those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds. This funding includes a one-off universal £650 million catch up premium for the 2020-2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.

The provisional allocations are:
• £80 for each pupil aged 4 and over recorded in Reception to Year Group 11 in the October 2019 school census (Old Sarum Primary School had 251 pupils on roll in October 2019, but we are a growing school and now have 292 pupils on roll).
The first payment has been made, The Department for Education (DfE) will make two further payments in 2021, these will be based on final allocations using pupil numbers from the October 2020 census for mainstream schools. So, our final allocations will be significantly different to the provisional allocations published using the October 2019 census data.
The first payment is worth 25% of the provisional allocation (Oct 2019), rounded to the nearest £10
Our provisional allocation is £20,080 with a first payment of £5,020
Our final allocation will be higher: approximately 292 x £80 = £23 360

At Old Sarum Primary school we have devised a number of strategies to support curriculum planning and remote learning, alongside a comprehensive range of intervention groups for targeted academic support. The document below shows how we will be using the premium to fund these initiatives.