Recovery Premium & Remote education

Recovery premium is part of the government's package of funding to support pupils whose education has been impacted by Covid-19. It is a time- limited grant providing over £300 million of additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021/22 academic year and £1 billion across the 2022/23 and 2023/24 academic years.

It is focused on pupils who are eligible for pupil premium. This is because of the additional impact of the pandemic on these students.

The DFE want to support all schools to use evidence of ‘what works’, evaluated by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), to ensure this funding is used effectively.

To ensure that recovery premium is focused on effective approaches to raising the educational attainment of disadvantaged pupils, schools must use their recovery premium (and pupil premium) in line with the 'menu of approaches' set by the Department for Education.

The money has been developed in line with the EEF's 3 -tiered approach to help schools allocate spending across the following 3 areas:

  • supporting high-quality teaching, such as staff professional development.

  • providing targeted academic support, such as tutoring

  • tackling non-academic barriers to academic success, such as difficulties with attendance, behaviour and social and emotional wellbeing

In line with the EEF's recommended approach, schools should prioritise high quality teaching , though the exact balance of spending between tiers will vary depending on the specific needs of pupils.

We publish the spending of recovery premium in our pupil premium spending report. This can be viewed here:

Remote Education

Remote education should only ever be considered as a last resort where a decision has already been made that attendance at school is not possible, but pupils are able to continue learning. Attendance is essential for pupils to get the most out of their school experience, including for their attainment, wellbeing, and wider life chances. Remote education should not be viewed as an equal alternative to attendance in school.