The recovery premium grant is part of the government’s package of funding to support pupils whose education has been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19). It is a time-limited grant providing over £300m of additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year and £1bn across the 2022 to 2023 and 2023 to 2024 academic years.
The following types of school will receive an allocation of recovery premium:
- mainstream primary, secondary and all through local authority-maintained schools, academies and free schools serving children aged 4 to 15
- local authority-maintained special schools
- special academies and free schools
- non-maintained special schools
- pupil referral units
- alternative provision academies and free schools
- local authority-maintained hospital schools and academies
Recovery premium allocations for mainstream schools are based on pupil premium eligibility. This includes:
- pupils who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), including eligible children of families who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF)
- pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 years
- children looked after by local authorities, referred to as looked-after children (LAC), and children previously looked after by local authorities, referred to as previously looked-after children (PLAC)
Menu of approaches
As with pupil premium, schools must use their recovery premium on evidence-based approaches to support pupils. A ‘menu of approaches’ has been developed to help schools to use both grants effectively. The recovery premium funding allocated to Mayflower can be viewed in the Pupil Premium Strategy, along with the strategy of spend.
Any activities funded by recovery premium (or pupil premium) must align with the ‘menu’ from the start of the 2022 to 2023 academic year. It can be found on page 7 of Using pupil premium: guidance for school leaders.
The menu includes tutoring, but recovery premium conditions of grant for the 2022 to 2023 academic year state that schools must not use the grant to meet their portion of the costs of tuition provided through the National Tutoring Programme (NTP). Schools should meet those costs from other sources of funding, including pupil premium. Recovery premium is additional funding to provide further education recovery support on top of the subsidised NTP offer.