Schools finance guidance - Coronavirus

Follow the latest guidance and view communications we have sent to schools and academies.

Coronavirus guidance - financial support for education, early years and children’s social care

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Coronavirus guidance - Support for businesses

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Guidance for early education and childcare providers

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Communications to Maintained Schools and Academies

Extra support for schools

The government has announced a package of support to help schools deal with the challenges posed by coronavirus.

Extra funding is to be made available for schools to cover the unique challenges and financial costs of the coronavirus outbreak. The specific costs schools can claim for are:

  • Additional cleaning required due to confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases
  • Increased premises related costs needed to keep schools open during holidays
  • Support for free school meals for eligible children who are not attending school, where those costs are not covered by the national voucher scheme

The additional funding for schools will be available on top of core funding allocations that will be paid as normal to schools for the 2020 to 2021 financial year. Further guidance with more details of the claims process is set to be published in June.

You can find more information on the GOV.UK website: