COVID-19 Catch-Up Funding

The DfE has allocated £650 million to be spent on ensuring all students have the chance to catch up and supporting schools to enable them to do so. Whilst headteachers will decide how the money is spent, the Education Endowment Foundation has published guidance on effective interventions to support schools. There is also an allocation of £350 million for a National Tutoring Programme, intended to deliver proven and successful tuition to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable young people.

The DfE has also set out the following Curriculum Expectations, to ensure that all students – particularly disadvantaged, SEND and vulnerable students – are given the catch-up support needed to make substantial progress by the end of the academic year.

  • Education is not optional
  • All students receive a high-quality education that promotes their development and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
  • The curriculum remains broad and ambitious
  • All students continue to be taught a wide range of subjects, maintaining their choices for further study and employment.


COVID-19 Recovery Plan December 2020
16-19 Tuition Fund Statement
Education Endowment Foundation Guide to supporting school planning