Reminder: Funding available to mitigate costs incurred in 20/21 associated with Covid-19  

As communicated to schools by the Education Authority (EA) at the start of September, the Education Minister has made funds available to support schools in mitigating additional costs incurred as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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This is for the first term of the 20/21 new academic year.  EA has highlighted the importance of ensuring all Covid-19 expenditure is coded appropriately. 

Funding is available for: 

Teaching Staff 
To support staff absences specifically as a result of Covid-19; these costs should be coded to the Covid-19 function code. 
Permanent teachers with any additional hours or overtime should be notified to Waterside House. UseTR269 form stating code 7768. 
Temporary teachers booked through NISTR. Use alpha code CV. 

Non Teaching Staff 
For staff who have worked additional hours or overtime.  Detail should be recorded on the timesheet, and in the comment box note that these hours are to be coded to function code 8890. 

Goods & Services 
Items purchased through iProcurement, at the view cart and checkout stage, click in the ‘Function Code Field’ and key in thfunction code 82093. 
Allocations in respect of these matters will be made in January against verified costs incurred up to that point in the year. 
Delegated School Fund and PPE  

To fund further costs, beyond teacher substitution costs, which are necessary to facilitate restarting education. Allocations were made in September and were calculated on the basis of pupil numbers. 

If any school has any issues in respect of the detail of these matters or have identified costs not coded correctly they should contact their local LMS office to discuss. 


8 October 2020