Recovery Premium Funding

Recovery Premium funding is additional funding for eligible schools in the 2021/22 academic year. It is based on pupil premium eligibility to provide further support to disadvantaged pupils. The full DfE guidance can be found here.

Eligibility: All schools that are eligible for pupil premium are eligible for Recovery Premium, meaning the following pupils will attract Recovery Premium funding to schools:

  • pupils who are eligible for free school meals (FSM)
  • pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
  • children looked after by local authorities and referred to as looked-after children (LAC)
  • post looked-after children (post-LAC)

Funding allocations: School allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis. Mainstream schools will get:

  • £145 for each eligible pupil in mainstream education
  • £290 for each eligible pupil in a special unit
  • Other types of eligible schools will get £290 for each eligible pupil.

The DfE have applied additional weighting to specialist provision given the higher costs they face.

The DfE have also included a minimum ‘floor’ payment to ensure that eligible primary schools will not receive less than £2,000 and eligible secondary schools will not receive less than £6,000.

As with pupil premium, the funding for looked-after children will be paid to the local authority and managed by virtual school heads who will work with schools to determine how best to use funding.

Payment: The Recovery Premium will be paid in 4 instalments over the 2021/22 academic year. For maintained schools, payments will be made to local authorities on the last day of the month. Academies will be paid on the first day of the month in:



Maintained schools (paid to LA)



September 2021

October 2021


December 2021

January 2022


April 2022

May 2022


June 2022

July 2022


Using Recovery Premium funding: Schools should spend this premium on evidence-based support, in line with the Education Endowment Foundation’s pupil premium guide, including

  • supporting the quality of teaching, such as staff professional development

  • providing targeted academic support, such as tutoring

  • dealing with non-academic barriers to success in school, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support

Like the pupil premium, schools can:

  • spend the recovery premium on a wider cohort of pupils than those who attract the funding

  • direct recovery premium spending where they think the need is greatest

For further guidance on using pupil premium and Recovery Premium funding can be found here. effective use of pupil premium, and recovery premium funding, read our guidance on using pupil premium.

Reporting and accountability: Schools must show they are using their recovery premium effectively: