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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. 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.


Education is not optional

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


The curriculum remains broad and ambitious

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


Remote education

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…In particular, 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 addressing the gaps in their 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. The official guidance suggests a 3-tiered approach:

1 Teaching

                    High-quality teaching for all

                    Effective diagnostic assessment

                    Supporting remote learning

                    Focusing on professional development

 2 Targeted academic support

                    High-quality one to one and small group tuition

                    Teaching Assistants and targeted support 

•                    Academic tutoring

•                    Planning for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

 3 Wider strategies

•                    Supporting pupils’ social, emotional and behavioural needs

•                    Planning carefully for adopting a social and emotional learning curriculum

•                    Communicating with and supporting parents

•                    Supporting parents with pupils of different ages

•                    Successful implementation in challenging times 


TNS COVID-19 Catchup Premium 2020-21 Plan