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1 November 2021

Schools and Colleges in England to Receive Catch Up Funding

Every pupil in school or college in England are set to benefit from new government investment in education to help young people catch up on lost learning.

Government have announced every school and college in England will receive extra money to support young people’s recovery from the impact of the pandemic.

This investment will give schools and colleges the tools they need to help get pupils back on track – from raising teachers’ salaries, to recovery cash for schools, to increased learning time in colleges.

Schools will receive an additional £4.7 billion in core funding in 2024-25, including £1.6 billion in 2022-23 on top of already planned increases from the 2019 Spending Review, and meaning a total cash increase of £1,500 per pupil between 2019-20 and 2024-25.

A further £1.8 billion is also available to support young people to catch up on missed learning.

The investment includes a one-off £1 billion recovery premium to support disadvantaged pupils in all state-funded primary and secondary schools, while £800 million will be allocated across the period to ensure all 16-19 students will benefit from an additional 40 hours of education across the academic year – the equivalent of one additional hour a week in school or college.

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said:

“The pandemic has taken precious time in young people’s lives, including the vital learning they need to reach their potential. Today’s investment will enhance the recovery we know is already underway for young people, building on the real impact of the steps we’ve taken so far – whether that’s tutoring, world class teacher training or summer schools. We have been and we will continue to be ambitious about the futures of our children and young people.”

Schools will be able to use the funding in ways that best support their young people to catch up – from specialist small group support in reading and maths, to after-school provision or summer schools.

Students in 16-19 settings will be able to use the additional 40 hours of education across the academic year for extra teaching and learning – including in English, maths and other subjects – depending on students’ individual needs.

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