Coronavirus recovery premium funding: summary

Stay up to date with the latest guidance on spending the COVID-19 recovery premium and how to report on it.

Last reviewed on 29 September 2023See updates
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  1. What is it?
  2. Who's eligible?
  3. Which pupils will attract funding?
  4. How much will we get?
  5. When do we get the grant?
  6. What can we spend the funding on?
  7. What do we need to report?

What is it?

It's additional funding to support the education recovery of disadvantaged pupils following the coronavirus pandemic.

The main points are summarised below. You can read more details in the DfE's recovery premium funding guidance.

Who's eligible?

If your school is eligible for pupil premium, or is a specialist setting, you'll be eligible for the recovery premium. This includes:

  • Maintained schools
  • Academies
  • Free schools serving children aged 4 to 15 
  • Maintained special schools
  • Special academies and free schools
  • Non-maintained special schools
  • Pupil referral units (PRUs)
  • Alternative provision (AP) academies and free schools
  • Maintained hospital schools and academies

Which pupils will attract funding?

For mainstream schools, the same pupils who receive pupil premium funding will receive the recovery premium. These include:

For other eligible schools and special educational