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Covid-19 Catch Up Premium


Catch up Funding

In June 2019, a £1 billion fund for education was announced by the government. In 2020-2021, Mitchell Brook was allocated £27,820 of catch up funding to support children to catch up lost time after school closures due to the pandemic. The catch-up premium was funded on a per pupil basis at £80 per pupil, based on the previous year’s census and will not include Nursery.


Further guidance released below:


It was up to schools to allocate this money as they see best and funding for specific activities to support pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months.


The Recovery Premium funding allocation this academic  year (2021-22) is £19,792.50, which is used to support our pupils.  Please see our Pupil Premium Strategy for more information on how this is being spent.


At Mitchell Brook this money was used in order to provide:

  • Curriculum resources and materials that support ‘catch up’ and mental well being of pupils
  • Staff training, so needs of children who have been identified as needing to ‘catch up’ in their learning are worked towards

The two broad aims of ‘catch up’

  • Attainment outcomes at end of 2020-21 for all year groups will be at least in line with those at the end of 2019.
  • The mental health needs of children are met and supported by the school.



Using catch-up funding

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.

To support schools to make the best use of this funding, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published a coronavirus (COVID-19) support guide for schools with evidence-based approaches to catch up for all students. This has been used to draft our plans.