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COVID 19 Catch up funding

What is it?

In June 2020 the Government announced £1 billion of funding nationally to support children and young people to catch up on missed learning caused by coronavirus (COVID19).

How will the funding be given to schools?

  • Mainstream schools will receive £80 per pupil from reception to Year 11.
  • Specials schools, mainstream schools who have specialist units attached, alternative provisions and hospital schools will receive £240 per pupil

 Who will decide how the money is used?

  • Individual schools will decide how to use the money with the expectation that it is used for specific activities which will help to cover any identified gaps in learning.
  • Schools are expected to support pupils based on their individual needs.
  • If a pupil identified as requiring ‘catch up’ learning, the school will make sure that measures are in place for students to access this.

Who will make sure that the funding is used appropriately?

  • Governors and Ofsted will ensure that decisions about how funding is used are clear and transparent for families.

How do schools get this for my child?

  • Funding will be automatically given to individual schools in three payments throughout 2020 and 2021.

In addition, schools are encouraged to consider the use of the National Tutoring programme.


What is it?

Through an organisation called NTP Tuition partners, schools can access subsidised tuition from an approved list of partners.

  • Schools can get additional ‘in-school’ support from trained mentors to provide intensive support for pupils.
  • Salaries of mentors are funded by the Government
  • Mentor staff are additional to staff the school currently have in place

Additional support in early years is available through the Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI).

What is it?

A programme for children in Reception (4-5 years) which has been found to improve children’s language and early literacy skills. Trained teaching assistants provide short small-group and individual teaching sessions to around 3-6 pupils for 20 weeks.

How do schools and providers get this help for my child?

Schools should register their interest on the NELI website.

What is it?

A 1 – 2 week programme of learning and activities for secondary schools, special schools, alternative provisions and pupil referral units (PRUs).

How do I know if my child’s school is offering a Summer school programme?

  • Schools have the choice to run Summer schools
  • Where a school makes a decision to run a Summer school programme, the Government have asked schools to let parents know by the 30 June 2021
  • Schools will identify pupils who are eligible to take part

If you are unsure, please speak with you child's school.

This programme is jointly funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and the Kirklees Youth Alliance Healthy Holidays Programme.

What is it?

A 4 week programme of fun activities for children and young people who are eligible for free school meals.

The programme aims to deliver 25 places per session with 2500 places available per day and over 42000 places available over the summer for eligible children and young people.

Additional funding is available to support additional young people who may be vulnerable (due to a range of reasons, such as SEND) and the team are working with community groups and providers to bring together a timetable of activities for:

  • Under 8s – we are working with OFSTED registers providers to secure places
  • 8 – 13 years: 60 holiday clubs throughout Kirklees for 4 hours per day, 4 days per week for 4 weeks throughout the summer. 
  • 13 – 16 years: Accessible activities throughout Kirklees that will be accessed late afternoon/early evening.
  • Alternative offer: Working with providers who already work with children and young people eligible for free school meals to look at an enhanced offer during the summer. These include – Fairfield School; Duke of Edinburgh’s WACKY programme for children with additional support needs; and Kirklees Summer Camps.

How can my child join in?

  • Bookings can be made from July via a WebApp. The link to this will be shared by schools to all eligible families.
  • If you have any questions, please speak with your child's school about the Holiday Activities and Food Programme.
Last updated: 22/06/2021