Covid recovery funding in education
8 March 2021
On 24 February, the government announced an extra £700m to give early years settings, schools, providers of 16-19 education – including specialist settings - and local authorities the tools they need to target support for all students. Details of the package are:
A new one-off £302m Recovery Premium for state primary and secondary schools, to support pupils who need it most. Primary schools will receive around £6,000 additional funding, and secondaries around £22,000 additional funding. Schools can use the funding from September, and they choose how they spend it. They could lay on additional clubs or activities or other evidence-based approaches for supporting the most disadvantaged pupils, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).The Recovery Premium will be allocated to schools based on the same methodology as the pupil premium. Pupil premium eligible pupils in mainstream schools will attract £145 to their school and pupil premium eligible pupils in special schools, bases and other special provision will attract £290 over the next academic year.
The announcement confirmed £200 million to fund tutoring, which has been shown to boost learning by as much as 3 - 5 months. This will include:
- An expansion of the National Tutoring Programme for primary and secondary schools, to increase access to high-quality tuition for disadvantaged pupils, helping to accelerate their academic progress. We are committed to being as inclusive as possible by supplying suitable provision for supporting SEND pupils within all schools.
- An extension of the 16 - 19 Tuition Fund for a further year to support more students in English, maths, and other vocational and academic subjects. Providers are asked to consider the needs of students with SEND when prioritising students that would benefit most for small group tuition. Students with SEND aged 19 - 24 who have an education, health and care plan will be eligible for the Tuition Fund where they meet the criteria. Adults are able to pause their learning where it has been significantly impacted by coronavirus and, in agreement with their provider, pick up from where they left off at a later date.
- Support for early language development in the early years, supporting a critical stage of child development.
£200 million will be available to all secondary schools, including specialist settings, to deliver face-to-face summer schools. Schools will be able to target provision based on pupils’ needs but the government suggests they may want to initially target incoming year 7 pupils. This is alongside wider support funded through the Holiday Activities and Food Programme across the country. A range of high-quality online resources provided by Oak National Academy, will be available for all teachers and pupils, starting from the summer term and throughout summer holidays. The funding available for the summer schools programme supports a 2-week scheme for pupils most in need. We expect that most schools will want to offer a mix of academic, enrichment and pastoral activity to appeal to pupils and deliver the range of benefits that the evidence shows summer schools can deliver. Schools will need to determine how best to use the funding and staff the scheme to ensure that the extra time is used effectively.