The government has announced an additional £700m for settings, including specialist settings, to undertake targeted support addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and young people. Sir Kevan Collins, former CEO of the EEF, has been appointed to spearhead the recovery as the new Education Recovery Commissioner. The package of funding will include:
- A one-off Recovery Premium will see state primary schools receive around £6,000 additional funding and secondaries around £22,000 to bolster provision. This can be used as settings see fit to support the most disadvantaged pupils including those with SEND.
- £200m to fund expansion of the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) allowing the programme to be expanded to further ensure suitable provision for supporting learners with SEND within the NTP.
- There will also be 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. In line with usual 16-19 funding, learners 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. There will also be support for early language development in the Early Years.
- £200m will go towards financing summer schools which will be made available to secondary schools, including specialist settings, to deliver a 2-week programme of face-to-face sessions. This is alongside wider support being implemented in the Holiday Activities and Food Programme.
- Oak National Academy will be providing a full set of high-quality online resources for all teachers and pupils to give pupils the confidence that they are ready for the next academic year.