The Pupil Premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money at students from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that students from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided in order to help schools support these students in reaching their potential through school policy and provision. The Government has used students entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) as an indicator for deprivation, and have designated a grant fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of students registered for Free School meals over a rolling six year period. Additional funding is allocated where:
- there are students who are children of Armed Forces personnel
- there are students who are classed as Looked After Children (LAC)
The Government is not instructing schools how they should spend this money; it is not ring-fenced and schools ‘are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit’ DfE 2011. The Government however is clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their Disadvantaged students (i.e. those eligible for Free School meals over a six year period) in increasing their attainment, and “closing the gap” with their non – disadvantaged peers. Schools should report on how they intend to spend their Pupil Premium Grant and evaluate the effectiveness of this.
For 2021 -2022, 2022-2023 and 2023 - 2024 the Pupil Premium and the Covid Recovery Premium grants have been combined.
Covid Catch Up Premium
The Government provided an additional Covid Catch up premium in 2020 - 2021.
Covid Catch Up Premium replaced the Catch Up Premium in 2020.
Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils’ education recovery supported by research from the Education Endowment Fund.
While schools can use their funding in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances, they are expected to use this funding for specific activities which will help pupils catch up on missed learning. Schools should particularly focus on disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils as we know they have been most affected.
Schools can use catch-up premium funding to support any summer catch-up provision that they are offering and can carry funding forward to future academic years.
Summer Catch up provision
The Green School for Girls used this funding to provide a transition week for year 6 students in August 2021. Approximately 40% of eligible students attended our summer school. The summer school was a great success and the students had a wonderful time, and grew in confidence ready to start school in September. Summer School Report 2021