What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is additional funding that the government gives to schools for each pupil on roll where they are deemed to be disadvantaged. The money must be spent on that pupil to support their education, but it is for the school to determine how it is spent.
The Department of Education website is a good source of additional information: see the link below.
Why is the Government providing the Pupil Premium?
Poverty or low income is the single most important factor in predicting a child’s future life chances, with many pupils having low attainment by the time they leave school at age 16. The Government believes that the Pupil Premium is the best way to address these underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle any disadvantages reaches the pupils who need it most.
Who receives the Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is allocated to pupils in school year groups from Reception to Year 11 from low-income families who are registered for FSM, or who have been registered for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6’); together with children that have been in care continuously for 6 months or more.
Our PPG for this financial year 2022-2023 is £30,615 which includes £2,610 of recovery premium funding. As a result of this amount of funding, we have been able to continue to offer the initiatives outlined in our strategy statement above.
What is Recovery Premium?
The recovery premium grant is part of the government’s package of funding to support pupils whose education has been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).
It is a time-limited grant providing over £300m of additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year and £1bn across the 2022 to 2023 and 2023 to 2024 academic years.
It is focused on pupil premium eligible pupils and pupils in specialist settings such as special schools, special units and pupil referral units (PRUs). This is because of the additional impact of the pandemic on these students.
However, schools can use it to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting any pupil based on an assessment of individual need.
Why is it important to apply for free school meal pupil premium?
Applying for free school meal pupil premium is very important! All children whose parents are in receipt of the qualifying benefits will trigger the pupil premium funding for their child’s school. This money will be used to benefit your child at school.