Government has announced a package of funding and resource support to help schools deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The additional funding for schools will be available on top of core funding allocations that will be paid as normal to schools for the 2020-21 financial year. It will cover specific costs incurred as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, where schools are unable to meet these from their existing resources.
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; and
- Support for free school meals for eligible children who are not attending school, where those costs are not covered by the national voucher scheme.
Government has also published a list of resources that parents and schools can consider to support education at home.
The list includes a wide range of resources for all ages that schools can consider using as part of their planned curriculum and will be updated over time.
It was also confirmed today that the Government will extend financial support to children eligible for free schools meals who are not attending school during the Easter holidays.
The Department’s guidance on additional funding for schools is available here.