Covid-19 Catch Up Premium

What is the catch-up funding for? 
The government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds. This funding includes:

  • a one-off universal £650 million catch up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time
  • a £350 million National Tutoring Programme to provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who need the most help, which includes:
  • a schools programme for 5 to 16-year-olds – for more information, see the National Tutoring Programme FAQs
  • a 16 to 19 tuition fund
  • an oral language intervention programme for reception-aged children

As a Special School we have been allocated £240 for each pupil place for the 2020 to 2021 academic year.

Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the curriculum expectations for the next academic year in actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak.

While schools can use their funding in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances, they are expected to use this funding for specific activities which will help pupils catch up on missed education.

To support schools to make the best use of this funding, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published a coronavirus (COVID-19) support guide for schools with evidence-based approaches to catch up for all students.

Details of our Covid Catch up Premium can be found here.

Covid 19 Pandemic Resources

Critchill staff would like to use this page to support parents, carers, children and young people to stay busy and active at home. 


Exercise Videos

Our very own Gavin Sheen has created two special Critchill workouts. One combines sitting and standing exercises, and if you find standing up more challenging, the other one is sitting only.

Follow the links to help stay fit and well.

Sitting workout
Standing workout

Class Ideas

Social Stories


Careers Activities on Twinkl (search careers)

Explore different job roles
Look at Construction – Fun Activities
Construction Activity Book

Interview a member of your family about the jobs they have had. Download the Interview Form.

John’s Crazy Socks
Watch this film about John and how he developed his company.

Now can you come up with a business idea?


Local Job Market Information
Find out about employers local to you. Download the Local Market Information Form.


Mock Interviews
Think about a job that you might like to apply for and then ask a member of your family to carry out an interview with you. If possible write them down and then we can look at them once we are back in school. Download the Mock Interview Questions.

For those that recently had mock interviews please fill out the Evaluation Form and bring back to school when reopen


Preparing for Adulthood

Lots of good information on this site for you and for parents/carers –

Start to look at vocational profiles with parents/carers – Vocational Profile