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Schools: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Education

UIN 160739, tabled on 1 March 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much of the £700 million catch-up funding announced on 22 February 2021 is additional funding; and how much of that funding is being allocated from within his Department's existing resources.

Answered on

5 March 2021

As announced by my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister, the £300 million funding for tutoring represents additional funding from Her Majesty’s Treasury, including a contribution to support the academic elements of secondary level summer schools.

Elsewhere, the package makes available a further £400 million across the 2021-22 academic year. While over half of this is new funding, the Department has contributed towards the cost of this package through reprioritising funding from within the Department’s existing budgets. This includes funding from unallocated headroom where adjustments to forecasts have enabled us to release additional resources. Where we have identified additional resources, it is right that we have prioritised them to the front line.

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