24th February 2021

Education Policy Institute responds to the government’s new pupil catch-up package

Today (Wednesday 24th February), the government has announced a new funding package to support pupils with lost learning, bringing its additional funding for catch up to around £700m.

Commenting on the government’s new catch-up package, Natalie Perera, Chief Executive of the Education Policy Institute (EPI), said:

“While any additional support for schools is welcome, the government’s package announced today is not enough to support pupils to catch up on their learning and to provide wellbeing activities for pupils of all ages. The new Recovery Premium is a step in the right direction, but £6,000 for the average primary school and £22,000 for the average secondary is much too modest to make a serious difference.

“The Prime Minister has acknowledged that a much more ambitious and long-term education recovery plan is needed. When this emerges, later this year, it must be bold enough to tackle the scale of lost learning, particularly for more disadvantaged pupils who are at risk of falling further behind.”