The Pupil Premium is an allocation of funding, direct from the Government, which is given to schools based on the number of pupils entitled to free school meals. The funding is allocated by identifying any pupils who have been in receipt of free school meals in the last 6 years. For Looked After Children, the Pupil Premium was calculated using the Children Looked After data returns. Previously Looked After Pupils (PLAC) receive slightly more funding and are categorised as Pupil Premium Plus (PP+). A premium is also allocated for children whose parents are serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.
In February 2021, the government also added a one-off recovery premium as part of its package of funding to support education recovery, following the Covid-19 pandemic. This recovery premium provides an additional £145 per pupil in the 2021 to 2022 academic year for all pupils who are eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG).
Nationally there is considerable evidence to show that pupils and young people in receipt of Free School Meals do less well than their peers and many have been further impacted by the Covid 19 school closures. Whilst this is not always the case, the purpose of the funding is to support the school in ensuring this group of pupils achieve as much as they can. The most important achievements being in English and Mathematics, which are so vital for moving onto secondary school and for future employment. The impact of Pupil Premium funding is monitored regularly by leaders and the impact of the strategy reported termly to Governors. The impact of this funding is shared annually.
Please read the Pupil Premium report below that gives full details of how the money was spent in 2020-21 and the Pupil Premium Grant Strategy Plan for 2021 - 22.