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Catch Up & Recovery Premium Funding


Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial, and we know that the scale of our response must match the scale of the challenge.

At St James, we know that we have the professional knowledge and expertise in the education system to ensure that children and young people recover and get back on track. Returning to normal educational routines as quickly as possible, whilst balancing the welfare of children, has been critical to our recovery. Although all children have had their education disrupted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we know that it is likely that disadvantaged and vulnerable groups will have been affected most. The Recovery Premium will be allocated using the same data as the Pupil Premium Grant. This means the following pupils will attract recovery premium funding to schools:

  • pupils who are eligible for free school meals (FSM)
  • pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
  • children looked after by local authorities and referred to as looked-after children (LAC)
  • post looked-after children (post-LAC)

To support us to make the best use of this funding, the Education Endowment Foundation, published a support guide for schools with evidence-based approaches to catch up for all pupils. This was considered  when planning our approach for the use of this funding.

The School Led Tutoring Grant

Under School-Led Tutoring, all eligible state-funded schools are given a ring-fenced grant to fund tutoring provision for disadvantaged pupils. This could include using existing staff, such as teachers and teaching assistants. The grant gives schools the flexibility to use tutors with whom they are familiar.

Use of funds at St James CE Primary School

The aim of our Recovery Premium funding catch-up programme at St James CE Primary School is to address the learning loss of children as a result of the Covid pandemic. 

An explanation of spending for 2022-23 is detailed  below and for the current year, as part of the Pupil Premium plan. 




St James C of E Primary School
OX12 0JN


01235 868232