Covid 19 Catch-Up Premium and Curriculum Expectations 2020/21

The DFE has allocated £650 million to be spent on ensuring all pupils 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. For pupils with complex needs, schools should spend this funding on catch-up support to address their individual needs. 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 pupils – particularly disadvantaged, SEND and vulnerable pupils – are given the catch-up support needed to make substantial progress by the end of the academic year.

High Quality Education

All pupils receive a high-quality education that promotes their development and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

Ambitious Curriculum

All pupils continue to be taught a wide range of subjects, maintaining their choices for further study and employment.

Remote Education

The DFE asks that schools meet the following key expectations:

  1. Teach an ambitious and broad curriculum in all subjects from the start of the Autumn Term, but make use of existing flexibilities to create time to cover the most important missed content. Schools may consider how all subjects can contribute to the filling of gaps in core knowledge, for example through an emphasis on reading.
  2. Aim to return to the school’s normal curriculum in all subjects by Summer Term 2021.
  3. Plan on the basis of the educational needs of pupils. Curriculum planning should be informed by an assessment of pupils’ starting points and address the gaps in pupils’ knowledge and skills.
  4. Develop remote education so that it is integrated into school curriculum planning.


Schools should set out how they will allocate the additional funding to support curriculum recovery this academic year. Eversley Primary School have written a ‘Recovery Programme 2020’ looking at how the school has support all pupils. The school has allocated the funds in the areas outlined below.


  • High-quality teaching for all
  • Effective diagnostic assessment
  • Support remote learning
  • Focusing on professional development


Targeted Support

  • High-quality one to one and small group tuition
  • Teaching Assistants and targeted support
  • Online tuition
  • Increased number of teachers working in year groups
  • Planning for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)


Wider strategies

  • Supporting pupils’ social, emotional and behavioural needs
  • Planning carefully for Pupil Premium pupils
  • Communicating with and supporting parents
  • Supporting parents with pupils of different ages
  • Successful implementation in challenging times


Please click here for further information regarding Covid Catch Up Funding 2020/2021

Please click here to review our Recovery Programme September 2020