Covid catch-up premium calculator: how much funding will my school receive and when?

£650 million of funding is being provided by the Government during the 2020-21 academic year in the form of a one-off covid catch-up premium aimed at supporting students to catch up on learning that was lost during the school closures.

Here, we explain how to find out if your school is eligible and how much funding you will receive, and when. You can find more information on the funding in our article What can covid catch-up funding be spent on?


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1. Is my school eligible?

This universal catch-up premium funding is available for:

  Primary, secondary and all through local authority-maintained schools, academies and free schools
  Local authority-maintained special schools, and hospital schools and academies
  Special academies and free schools
  Special schools not maintained by a local authority
  Pupil referral units (PRUs)
  Independent special schools
  Alternative provision (AP) academies and free schools
✓  Local authority-maintained hospital schools and academies


The Department for Education will provide funding to local authorities for pupils with education, health and care (EHC) plans who are educated in independent special schools based on the number of such pupils in their area.

Normal funding allocations, such as those for special educational needs and disability (SEND) funding, still apply and covid catch-up funding can be pooled with existing funding provisions.

2. How much funding will my school receive?

Funding will be allocated to schools on a per-student basis. For each student from Reception to Year 11, mainstream schools will receive £80, while in recognition of the higher per-student costs that specialist settings face, they will receive £240 per student.

A primary school with a typical 200 students will receive £16,000 of funding, while a secondary school with a typical 1,000 students will receive £80,000.

To find out the exact funding allocated for your school, search for your school on the Department for Education’s allocation table.

As a quick high-level indication, check how much a mainstream school of a particular size will get in total:

Student numbers Total 2020-21 covid catch-up funding premium – mainstream schools
50 £4,000
100 £8,000
150 £12,000
200 £16,000
300 £24,000
400 £32,000
500 £40,000
600 £48,000
700 £56,000
800 £64,000
900 £72,000
1,000 £80,000
1,100 £88,000
1,200 £96,000
1,300 £104,000
1,400 £112,000
1,500 £120,000
1,600 £128,000
1,700 £136,000
1,800 £144,000
1,900 £152,000
2,000 £160,000

3. When will my school receive the funding?

Whether your setting is a mainstream one eligible for £80 per YR-Y11 student or a specialist one eligible for £240, you’ll receive your funding in three instalments:

Autumn 2020 – this initial payment will be based on the student numbers data from the October 2019 school census.

Early 2021 – this tranche will be based on updated student numbers data from the October 2020 census. The payment will take into account the autumn 2020 payment, so that in total over these two payments settings will receive £46.67 (mainstream schools) or £140 (specialist schools).

This means that a primary school with a typical 200 students will receive £9,334 by early 2021, while a secondary school with a typical 1,000 students will get £46,670.

Summer term 2021 – the outstanding balance will be awarded, i.e. £33.33 (mainstream schools) or £100 (specialist schools).

As with the pupil premium, while funding is allocated on a per-student basis schools should use the amount available to them as a single sum. They should use this sum to prioritise support according to student need. It’s recognised that it’s likely that some of the students in greatest need of “catch-up” support will already be in receipt of the pupil premium or be identified as having additional needs, so the funding streams – and support strategies – can be combined.

The Government has stated that the covid catch-up premium is a one-off for the 2020-21 academic year and will have no impact on funding allocations for future years.

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