On 24 February, the government announced a £700m funding package to give education settings – including specialist settings the tools they need to target support for all students in their recovery from the pandemic.
This funding builds on the £1 billion catch-up package announced in June 2020, for a wider response to help pupils make up their lost learning. The funding includes:
A new one-off £302 million Recovery Premium for state primary and secondary schools which builds on the Pupil Premium, to further support pupils who need it most. This funding can be used to put on additional clubs or activities or for other evidence-based approaches for supporting the most disadvantaged pupils, including those with special educational needs and disability (SEND), from September.
The announcement also confirmed £200 million which will fund:
An expansion of the National Tutoring Programme for primary and secondary schools, to allow more pupils to benefit from the power of regular tutoring with a commitment to being as inclusive as possible by supplying suitable provision for supporting SEND pupils within all schools, including Special Schools.
- An extension of the 16-19 Tuition Fund for a further year to support more students in English, maths, and other vocational and academic subjects. Providers are asked to have regard to the needs of students with SEND when prioritising students that would benefit most for small group tuition. In line with usual 16-19 funding, children with SEND aged 19-24 who have an education, health and care plan will be eligible for the Tuition Fund where they meet the criteria.
£200 million (including the final £100 million from the Prime Minister’s announcement) will be available to all secondary schools, including specialist settings, to deliver face-to-face summer schools. Schools will be able to target provision based on pupils’ needs but the government is suggesting they may want to initially target incoming year 7 pupils. This is alongside wider support funded through the Holiday Activities and Food Programme across the country.
- A range of high-quality online resources will be available for all teachers and pupils, starting from the summer term and throughout summer holidays, will be provided by Oak National Academy, to help give pupils the confidence they are ready for the next academic year.
- The funding available for the summer schools programme supports a 2-week scheme for pupils most in need. The format will be decided by school leaders. Schools are likely to offer a mix of academic, enrichment and pastoral activity to appeal to pupils and deliver the range of benefits that the evidence shows summer schools can deliver.
Sir Kevan Collins has been appointed Education Recovery Commissioner to engage with parents, teachers, and education providers to review how evidence-based interventions can be used to address the impact the pandemic has had on learning. Sir Kevan will be advising the Secretary of State and the Prime Minister on a longer-term plan.
Dame Christine Lenehan, Director of the Council for Disabled Children, said:
“We welcome the recovery plan, it is a starting point in ensuring children and young people can go forward positively and leave this difficult time behind them. It has to be for all children and reflect the whole child, their attainment and their wellbeing. We would also like to see a clear recognition of support for families and a programme from the NHS which also acknowledges the catch up needed on therapy and health interventions”