Recovery Premium Funding – Updated Guidance September 2022

Sep 29, 2022 | Finance Posts


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.

It is focused on pupil premium eligible pupils and pupils in specialist settings such as special schools, special units and pupil referral units (PRUs). This is because of the additional impact of the pandemic on these students.

However, schools can use it to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting any pupil based on an assessment of individual need.

Eligible schools

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

We will also provide funding to local authorities for eligible pupils they have placed in independent special schools, where the local authority pays full tuition fees.

Pupil eligibility and funding rates for academic year 2022 to 2023

Pupil eligibility

Recovery premium allocations for mainstream schools will be 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)

For other eligible schools, and special educational needs units in mainstream schools, recovery premium allocations for 2022 to 2023 will be based on all pupils registered at the school.

Funding rates for 2022 to 2023

Recovery premium allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, based on the following rates:

Mainstream education:

● £145 per eligible pupil in primary schools

● £276 per eligible pupil in secondary schools

The higher rate for secondary schools reflects:

● evidence that the pandemic has had a greater impact on these pupils’ learning

● that these pupils have less time remaining in school

For other eligible schools, including special education units in mainstream schools, the rate is double the mainstream rate:

● £290 per pupil in primary education

● £552 per pupil in secondary education

We have included a minimum payment that we refer to as a ‘floor’ to ensure that:

● an eligible primary school will not receive less than £2,000

● an eligible secondary, or all-through school, will not receive less than £6,000

Funding for looked-after children will be paid to the local authority and should be managed by the virtual school head in consultation with the child’s school.

See the coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery premium allocations and conditions of grant 2022 to 2023 for further information.

Per pupil rates for academic year 2023 to 2024 will be confirmed in due course.

Payment schedule

The recovery premium for academic year 2022 to 2023 will be paid in 4 instalments on the following schedule.

Payments will be sent to local authorities on:

● 30 September 2022

● 30 December 2022

● 31 March 2023

● 30 June 2023

Payments will be sent to academies (and free schools) on:

● 10 October 2022

● 10 January 2023

● 12 April 2023

● 10 July 2023

Using recovery premium funding

Like the pupil premium, schools can:

● spend the recovery premium on a wider cohort of pupils than those who are eligible for the funding

● direct recovery premium spending where they think the need is greatest

Funding for looked-after children should be managed by the local authority virtual school head. They should work with schools, including the designated teacher, to decide how to use the funding effectively to support looked-after children.

For the full guidance visit the website here.

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