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Catch-Up Premium Plan 2020-21

Catch-Up Premium 2020-21


‘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 will be among those hardest hit.’

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. The Catch-Up Premium works out at £80 per pupil, making our allocation approximately

National Tutoring Programme – 75% subsidy for tutoring from 32 ‘approved partners’

‘Although all children have had their education disrupted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it is likely that disadvantaged and vulnerable groups will have been hardest hit. That is why, alongside the universal catch-up premium, the government have also launched a £350 million National Tutoring Programme to provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who need the most help. The NTP was developed to support schools in responding to the immediate challenge of school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic and to provide a longer-term contribution to closing the attainment gap.’ 

All approved partners on the NTP must collect data prior to the tutoring commencing and again when it has been completed. They will then provide school with a detailed pupil progress report.

Academic Mentors – 2 Academic Mentors paid in full (£19,000) by the DfE

In addition to the Catch-Up Premium and the NTP, the government have also launched the Academic Mentors Programme. Schools in the most disadvantaged areas will be supported to employ in-house academic mentors to provide small group tuition to their pupils. Teach First will be supporting the recruitment, training and placement of the first cohort of academic mentors and their salaries will be subsidised by the government (£19,000 per mentor paid in full by the DfE). Academic mentors will start working in schools in the spring term 2021.

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