Recovery Premium

In February 2021, the government announced a one-off Recovery Premium as part of its package of funding to support education recovery.

The Recovery Premium provides additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year. Building on the Pupil Premium, this funding will help schools to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting disadvantaged pupils.

Using Recovery Premium funding

Schools should spend this premium on evidence-based approaches to support pupils. In line with the Education Endowment Foundation’s Pupil Premium guide, activities should include those that:

  • support the quality of teaching, such as staff professional development
  • provide targeted academic support, such as tutoring
  • deal with non-academic barriers to success in school, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support

Like the Pupil Premium, schools can:

  • spend the Recovery Premium on a wider cohort of pupils than those who attract the funding
  • direct recovery premium spending where they think the need is greatest

For further information, read our guidance on using Pupil Premium.

As with Pupil Premium, funding for looked-after children should be managed by the local authority virtual school head. They should work with schools, including the designated teacher, to decide how to use the funding effectively to support looked-after children.

School-led Tutoring (75% government funding)

We will be using our Recovery Premium funding to use school-led tutors to deliver 1-1 or small group interventions and pay the remaining 25% of costs. Each targeted child will receive a 15 hour intervention programme to catch up and make accelerated progress.

Please see the School's Pupil Premium Strategy for further information.


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


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