Pupil Premium Funding

Purpose

Pupil premium is additional funding for schools, granted by the government, designed to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils.   

Funding rates 

The amount of pupil premium funding schools and local authorities receive for each eligible child is:

  • £1345 for pupils who are eligible for free school meals, or have been eligible in the past 6 years
  • £2345 for pupils who have been adopted from care of have left care
  • £2345 for children who are looked after by the local authority (please note - this is managed by the Virtual School Head)
  • £310 for children who have a parent serving in HM Forces or who has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence (to help with pastoral support)

Use of the pupil premium

It is up to school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium, drawing on evidence of effective practice. Schools do not have to spend pupil premium so it solely benefits eligible pupils.  They can use it wherever they identify the greatest needs. 

Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across 3 areas, with a particular focus on teaching.

  1. Teaching

Investing in high-quality teaching, for example:

  • training and professional devlopment for teachers
  • recruitment and retention
  • support for teachers early in their careers

      2.  Targeted academic support

Additional support for some pupils focussed on their specific needs, for example:

  • one to one group tuition
  • small group tuition
  • speech and langauge therapy

       3. Wider approaches

Support for non academic issues that impact success in school, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional challenges.  For example:

  • school breakfast clubs
  • counselling to support emotional health and well-being
  • help with the cost of educational trips or visits

Accountability

Schools must show how they're using their pupil premium funding:

  • by publishing an online statement about how they use pupil premium funding effectively
  • through inspections by Ofsted
  • through Virtual School Annual Reports (wrtten by Virtual School Heads)

Please click the link below to show how pupil premium funding is being used this academic year and the impact it is having/predicted to have on attainment of disadvantaged pupils.

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