FAQs - Full opening guidance for schools

Updated 7 November 2020

Claiming for COVID-19 exceptional costs

The DfE has published guidance on exceptional COVID-19 costs that can be claimed for by schools, and the ESFA guidance on the process for claiming are below.

The first claims window for the coronavirus (COVID-19) schools fund closed on Tuesday 21 July, but there will be a second claims window which will run in the autumn. The ESFA will publish details about this second claim window at a later date.

Catch Up Premium and National Tutoring Programme

The DfE has announced further details of their coronavirus catch up funding.

For the academic year 2020/21, mainstream schools will receive £80 per pupil.

Special Schools and Alternative Provision will receive £240 per place.

This will be paid in 3 parts, starting in autumn 2020 and ending in summer 2021.

Schools should use the funding to support pupils to catch up for lost teaching but have flexibility in how they do this.

Schools will be able to use the funding to buy-in to the National Tutoring Programme, which will offer subsidised tuition and academic mentor programme from the second half of the autumn term.

The allocations for the Covid Catch Up Premium provision have been released - this link also tells schools when they can expect their funding.

Please note the first payment is based on provisional allocations, the ESFA will make two further payments in 2021. For primary, middle, secondary and all through local authority-maintained schools, academies and free schools, these will be based on final allocations using pupil numbers from the October 2020 census for mainstream schools. The final allocations could be significantly different to the provisional allocations.

The guidance also states that this does not have to be spent by 31/03/21 and can be carried forward into future financial years.

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