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19 June 2020

Government announces £1bn COVID-19 catch-up fund for children in England

Sub-theme: Education

Introduced by

Department for Education, Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street

Targeted at

Primary and secondary school students


Published on 19 June 2020

Stated aims

To help teachers to provide extra support to children who have fallen behind while out of school and help prevent the gap between disadvantaged young people and more affluent peers widening


The government announces a £1bn COVID-19 ‘catch-up’ package 'to directly tackle the impact of lost teaching time'. £650m will be shared across state primary and secondary schools over the 2020–21 academic year. Each headteacher can decide how to spend the money, but the government expects it to be spent on small group tuition for those who need it. £350m will fund a National Tutoring Programme, which aims to increase access to high-quality tuition for the most disadvantaged young people over the 2020–21 academic year. It is designed to reach up to 2 million of England’s most disadvantaged children. If the 'science allows', the government hopes that all providers running holiday clubs and activities for children over the summer holidays will be able to open. The Education Endowment Foundation has also published a guide to help school leaders and staff decide how to use this funding.


Gov.uk press release