Pupil Premium and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Catch-up premium
What is the Pupil Premium?
The National Picture
The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. It was designed to give additional money to support schools in raising the attainment of children who receive free school meals, children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and those children in local authority care.
These groups of children have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds. For example, national figures show that 11 year olds who are eligible for Free School Meals are around twice as likely not to achieve Level 4 in Maths and English as other 11 year olds.
Where does the money come from?
Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals, whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and children who have been looked after in local authority care continuously for more than six months.
The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to help schools to provide targeted support for vulnerable children, not necessarily just children who qualify for FSM.
“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools…. is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” (Source – DfE website).
The funding is therefore given to schools to spend as they think best, although there is a requirement to publish online how this money is spent.
Pupil Premium at Chipping Warden Primary Academy
At Chipping Warden Primary Academy, we are committed to ensuring all our children make the best possible progress. We track the achievement of every child on a regular basis and do all we can to make sure each child achieves their potential. We also have a duty to ensure that no group of children is disadvantaged due to their gender, ethnic origin or family income or background.
We want to ensure that our children receive quality first teaching across the curriculum. Children are also familiar with working in groups of different sizes, at different times of the day, with different adults. Children of all abilities have the opportunity to work on a 1:1 basis or in a small group with an adult. Within this type of organisation, we do give children extra support when they need it. The Pupil Premium funding has allowed us to continue and extend what we already do – to monitor children’s progress and to give additional support when required.
The Pupil Premium Strategy will be reviewed in September 2021 and a new strategy developed using the DFE statutory strategy document template. This strategy document will demonstrate the intended use of premia for 2021-22.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Catch-up Premium
The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This includes 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. Although all children have had their education disrupted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it is likely that disadvantaged and vulnerable groups will have been hardest hit.
Please read our strategy below to find out how we are spending our Catch-up premium to make a difference in our school.