It is extremely important that we consider the educational and emotional impact of Covid-19 on our pupils. The Covid-19 pandemic has led to school closures across the UK and many countries around the world. This means that the majority of pupils have missed more than a full term in school, though supported and taught in various ways. Nevertheless, it is likely that school closures will lead to slower rates of learning, perhaps learning loss, and there is a risk that the negative impact will be worse for pupils who are economically disadvantaged.
The government is providing funding to cover a one-off universal catch up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year. It aims to support pupils to catch up for lost learning so schools can meet the curriculum expectations for the next academic year.