Academies – Support for Exceptional costs

On the 7 April, the Department for Education announced some exceptional funding for schools facing additional costs due to the COVID-19 crisis. The support covers the period up to the end of the 2020 Summer term. 

Schools will continue to receive their core funding through the GAG through to August 2021 for academies, regardless of whether schools are open or closed. Budgeted staff costs can therefore continue to be met, together with other ongoing budgeted financial commitments. SEND funding will also be unaffected by the current situation. 

The exceptional funding relates to the following additional costs: 

  • Increased premises costs incurred due to schools remaining open during normal school holiday periods (the Easter and Summer half term breaks). This may include additional utilities and hygiene costs 
  • Additional costs of supporting children on free school meals where those children are not attending school and where the meals are not covered by theNational Voucher Scheme 
  • Additional cleaning costs required as a response to actual or suspected cases of COVID-19
  • Other additional costs may be eligible for support – the school should contact DfE.CoronavirusHelpline@education.gov.uk

Funding will only be available where the school is considered unable to meet the cost from its current resources or would have to draw down on reserves which are maintained to ensure the school’s long-term financial sustainability. 

Where incurred, the school should deal with payment for the costs and retain full records of the expenditure. The government will publish details of how these may be reclaimed in June. 

The additional funding is limited per school based on pupil numbers (from the October 2019 census) as follows:

Mainstream schools   
250 pupils or fewer  £25,000 
251 to 500 pupils  £30,000 
501 to 1000 pupils  £50,000 
Over 1000 pupils  £75,000 
Special schools and alternative provision    
All schools  £50,000 

If you would like to discuss anything further please get in touch with a member of our Academies team.

This update originally appeared on the website of our colleagues at MHA Carpenter Box