The Pupil Premium Grant is a Government initiative that provides additional funding to schools in England in order to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. The Education Endowment Fund (EEF) in their research document ‘The Attainment Gap’ found that ‘the attainment gap is largest for children and young people eligible for free school meals (the best available proxy measure of economic disadvantage) and those assessed with special educational needs.’ ‘Pupil premium pupils’ include children who are entitled to free school meals (FSM) or those who have been eligible at any point within the last six years; children who are in the care of the Local Authority; children who have been adopted from care and children of armed service personnel.
We have high aspirations and ambitions for all of our children, regardless of their background and believe that they should have equal access to a curriculum which will enable them to flourish, develop a love for learning and realise their full potential. Every child is special and unique. In school we ensure that appropriate provision is made for all pupils, including those who are socially disadvantaged and those who belong to a range of other vulnerable groups. We recognise that not all pupils who are eligible for FSM are socially disadvantaged. Equally, there are pupils who are not eligible for FSM but have significant barriers to learning. It is therefore important to use the Pupil Premium Grant to support pupils who would benefit from the additional support this provides. Our key objective for the pupil premium funding is to accelerate progress and raise attainment for all pupils including those considered ‘disadvantaged’.
“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are the best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.”
Source – DfE website
Pupil Premium Allocation
For the academic years 2021-22, the allocation for pupils in receipt of pupil premium is £19,485
15% of our pupils are currently eligible for pupil premium funding.
The links below gives more information about how the money was spent in previous years and the spending for the current academic year.
Recovery Premium Allocation
As a school, we also receive money from the government called the recovery premium. This money is a one-off payment to schools as part of its package of funding to support education recovery. It is linked to children who access the Pupil Premium Grant. The school receives £145 per eligible pupil.
However, the government have included a minimum payment that they refer to as a ‘floor’ to ensure that an eligible primary school will not receive less than £2,000. Therefore, as a school we receive this 'floor' payment.
This funding, and how it will be spent, is included in our current Pupil Premium Strategy.