Information about the Pupil Premium Grant
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
We endeavour to support all eligible pupils we have on roll, in the aim of the grant funding, of tackling disadvantage and inequality, including diminishing any differences evident in outcomes.
The funding has been used in the following ways:
Intervention Programmes for children identified as needing to make accelerated progress in order to fulfil their potential. Interventions include: focused 1:1 and guided group work delivered by additional teaching and learning staff capacity,
Purchase of intervention resources such as Talk Boost
Parental Learning Programmes
Breakfast Club and enrichment activities subsidies
Communication and Language development
Purchase of school uniform items and resources
Additional support to access Targeted Support Services
Attendance Support and initiatives
In response to covid-19, the government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This included a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time. Schools’ allocations were calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to year 11. Further funding was provided for 2021 – 2022 – with a combination of Catch up Premium and funding for school based tutoring. Though funding has been calculated on a per pupil or per place basis, the allocation can be used as a single amount from and schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances. The funding should be used for specific activities to support pupils to catch up for lost teaching during school closures.