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Catch-Up Funding

Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit. The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial, and the scale of our response must match the scale of the challenge.

Schools’ allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to 11.

As the catch-up premium has been designed to mitigate the effects of the unique disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), the grant will only be available for the 2020 to 2021 academic year. It will not be added to schools’ baselines in calculating future years’ funding allocations.

Pupil Premium


Is your child entitled to Free School Meals?

Your child might be able to get free school meals if you are entitled to any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you cease to qualify for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Children who are paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, are also entitled to free school meals.

Even if your child does not want school dinners, or they already receive a free school meal because of being in KS1, please let us know if you are entitled to any of the above benefits as we can claim extra funding for school.

PE and Sports Funding

What is the purpose of Primary School Sports Funding?

The government announced that they would be spending over £450 million on improving PE and sport provision in Primary Schools over the 3 academic years 2013 to 2014, 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016.  They have since increased the budget and continue to support this programme, so far up until the 2019-20 academic year.


At Saint Edmund’s, we recognise the importance of Physical Education (PE) in helping to ensure good health and the well-being of our children. We also recognise its positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of children.  The following documents outline how our Sports Funding is spent.

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