Recovery Programme

What is the ‘recovery’ premium funding (RP)?

RP grant is part of the government’s package of funding to support disadvantaged pupils with their education recovery following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The approaches on how we spend the money has been developed in line with the Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF’s) 3-tiered approach:

  • support high-quality teaching, such as staff professional development
  • provide targeted academic support, such as tutoring
  • tackle non-academic barriers to academic success, such as difficulties with attendance, behaviour and social and emotional wellbeing

Who will benefit from the funding?

Local authorities must allocate RP grant (at the rates set out in the technical note) to each mainstream school they maintain, based on the number of pupils in year groups reception to year 11 who are: 

  • Recorded as eligible for free school meals (FSM) or have been recorded as eligible in the past 6 years (FSM Ever 6).
  • Previously looked-after children (PLAC)

Mainstream schools such as ours may use a portion of RP grant funding to support pupils who do not meet any of the RP grant set out above, where they deem it beneficial to do so. For example, RP grant can be used to support other pupils with identified needs, such as pupils who have or have had a social worker, or pupils who act as a carer. It can also be used for whole class approaches, for example high-quality teaching, which will also benefit non-disadvantaged pupils.


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