Catch-up Premium Funding

 Catch-up Premium funding plan strategy 2020-2021 (Spring update)


What is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium?

In 2020, the Government said '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 aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial. We know that we have the professional knowledge and expertise in the education system to ensure that children and young people recover and get back on track. 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.'



Schools’ allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to 11.

Following the second closure January to March 2021, some changes were made to the plan. The school continues to regularly review pupils needs and any allocation of additional funding that comes in under the Catch-up agenda.


Statement of Intent

We at Barrington  Primary believe that the highest possible standards can only be achieved by having the highest expectations of all learners. Some pupils from both disadvantaged and none disadvantaged backgrounds, now or continue to require additional support in order to ensure they get the best possible outcomes.


How is the funding used?

Government guidance states schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months. 

Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.

To support schools to make the best use of this funding, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published a support guide for school with evidence-based approaches to catch up for all students. Schools should use this document to help them direct their additional funding in the most effective way. 



How we make decisions at Barrington  Primary regarding the use of the Catch-up premium?

In making decisions on the use of the premium, we will focus on approaches that:

o   Use evidence based research on proven strategies which work to narrow the attainment gaps and adapt these as necessary to meet the needs of our pupils such as those suggested by the EEF

o   Ensure there is robust monitoring and evaluation in place to account for the use and impact of the Premium, by the school and governing body.

o   Are focused on clear short-term goals providing opportunities for pupils to experience success.

o   Recognise the fact that pupils who have fallen behind are not a homogeneous group and cover a wide range of needs. As such the strategies we use to raise attainment will take these group and individual needs fully into account.

o   Use high quality teaching and learning as the preferred way to narrow the gaps in attainment in the first instance.

o   Promote pupil’s awareness and understanding of their own thought process (metacognition) and help them to develop problem-solving strategies.

o   Ensure children emotional health and well being are supported to the highest levels, enabling them to best access academic learning

o   Are for all year groups not just those in key end points

o   Are for the more able, not just those falling behind their peers.


Barrington  Primary Catch-up Premium Grant 2020-2021

Funding information

Academic year


Total number of pupils on roll


Amount received per pupil


Total  received


Governor lead

Stephanie Klockner


Planned Spending:

Currently, we are planning to spend our funding on the following:

  • Releasing teachers to work with pupils in their class individually and 1:1 to deliver targeted pre and post teaching sessions
  • TA time to lead pre and post teaching time
  • Availability of TAs in all classes during morning lessons to be able to support whole class teaching respond quickly to individual misconceptions
  • Using the National Tuition Programme tutoring 
  • Training for staff in bubbles
  • Wellbeing training
Accountability and Reporting
  • School leaders must be able to account for how this money is being used to achieve the central goal of schools getting back on track and teaching a normal curriculum as quickly as possible.
  • Given their role in ensuring schools spend funding appropriately and in holding schools to account for educational performance, governors and trustees should scrutinise schools’ approaches to catch-up from September, including their plans for and use of catch-up funding. This should include consideration of whether schools are spending this funding in line with their catch-up priorities, and ensuring appropriate transparency for parents.