Pupil Premium (Annual)
The Purpose of Pupil Premium
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.
For pupils from low-income families in non-mainstream settings, it is for the local authority to decide how to allocate the Pupil Premium. For instance it could be allocated to the setting where they are being educated, or held by the local authority to spend specifically on additional educational support to raise the standard of attainment for these pupils. The authority must consult non-mainstream settings about how the Premium for these pupils should be used.
The DfE says:
Schools are free to spend the pupil premium as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the pupil premium.
How can parents and carers contribute to the success of the Pupil Premium scheme?
If your child is eligible for free school meals, it is worth registering them even if they're not going to have the school lunch, and even if they entitled to a free dinner under the governments Universal Infant Free School Meal scheme. It will have a direct impact on the funding and will maximize the support we can provide.
Parental support and involvement is a key factor in raising standards. If you would like help or advice with supporting your child, or if you are unsure how to apply to register for free school meals, please contact Miss Jessica Mansell who is administrator for the Pupil Premium provision.
Who is entitled to Free School Meals?
Your child may be entitled to Free School Meals, if you are entitled to receive any of the following:
Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
See current Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2021/22 below
Recovery Premium Funding 2021/2022
In February 2021, the government announced a one-off recovery premium as part of its package of funding to support education recovery.
The recovery premium provides additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year. Building on the pupil premium, this funding will help schools to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting disadvantaged pupils.
The recovery premium will be allocated using the same data as the pupil premium. This means the following pupils will attract recovery premium funding to schools:
pupils who are eligible for free school meals (FSM)
pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
children looked after by local authorities and referred to as looked-after children (LAC)
post looked-after children (post-LAC)
School allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis.
Mainstream schools will get:
£145 for each eligible pupil in mainstream education
The recovery premium will be paid in 4 payments to schools during the 2021 to 2022 academic year on the following schedule.
Maintained Schools Schedule of Payments:
Payments will be sent to local authorities on the last working day in:
Using recovery premium funding
Schools should spend this premium on evidence-based approaches to support pupils. In line with the Education Endowment Foundation’s pupil premium guide, activities should include those that:
support the quality of teaching, such as staff professional development
provide targeted academic support, such as tutoring
deal with non-academic barriers to success in school, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support
Like the pupil premium, schools can:
spend the recovery premium on a wider cohort of pupils than those who attract the funding
direct recovery premium spending where they think the need is greatest
Reporting and accountability
Schools must show how they are using their recovery premium effectively:
by reporting on their use of recovery premium as part of their pupil premium strategy statement (see below)
through Ofsted inspections - as part of these inspections, inspectors may discuss plans schools have to spend their recovery premium funding
See proposed use of Recovery Premium Funding in the Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 21/22 below
Catch Up Funding 2020/2021
Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit. The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial, and the scale of our response must match the scale of the challenge.
Schools’ allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in from Reception through to Year 6
As the catch-up premium has been designed to mitigate the effects of the unique disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), the grant will only be available for the 2020 to 2021 academic year. It will not be added to schools’ baselines in calculating future years’ funding allocations.
See how we used our Catch Up Funding in the Covid Catch Up Premium Plan 2020/21 below