School Funding : Exceptional Costs associated with the coronavirus

Additional Information has been published by the ESFA in relation to exceptional costs incurred in relation to premises, free school meals and leaning. above. It is available at the link HERE.

Schools must note:

• this is the final opportunity to claim in relation to these costs;
• the deadline is 22 December 2020;
• the claim form is available here – though schools are reminded they must use their DfE sign in account.

Schools are reminded that they are not eligible to make a claim against this fund if they expect to add to their existing historic surpluses in the financial year covered by the fund (September 2019 to August 2020 for academies and April 2020 to March 2021 for maintained schools). Income generated by the School (eg. lettings, sale of school meals etc.) is not covered by the fund.

Schools may recall that they were able to apply for funding for other, extraordinary costs. The ESFA did not reimburse any of these additional claims from the first application round. The option to submit other costs has been removed for this round so schools are able to apply for assistance only with additional premises, free school meal and cleaning costs for the period between March and the end of the Summer term.

Further information has also been published in relation to the Coronavirus(covid-19) workforce fund, available HERE . This related to the period from 1 November 2020 to 31 December 2020 but it should be noted that claims cannot be made until the Spring Term 2021, when further information will be made available.

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