Pupil Premium is an amount of money allocated to disadvantaged children in order to close the achievement gap.
The government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM), looked after children & service children and other pupils.
Three categories of pupils are eligible:
- Pupils recorded as ‘ever 6 FSM’ (pupils who are or have been eligible for FSM at any point during their 6 years of Primary school education)
- Looked after children and those children who have been adopted from care
- Children of Service personnel
Pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium need to be aged 4 and over, in year groups to year 11 in a maintained school. Children in Nursery and Pre-Schools who meet the criteria are eligible for Early Years Pupil Premium.
Pupil Premium is allocated straight to our Academy and it is clearly identifiable. Schools and Academies are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they feel is appropriate. The government thinks that schools are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils within their responsibility. However, all schools and academies are held to account for how they have used additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and in care. We are required to report and publicise our disadvantaged strategy annually, including how the money has been spent and what impact has been made on the achievements of pupils as a result of the funding.
Recovery Premium 2021-22
In February 2021, the government announced a one-off recovery premium as part of its package of funding to support education recovery.
The recovery premium provides additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year. Building on the pupil premium, this funding will help schools to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting disadvantaged pupils.
All schools that are eligible for pupil premium are eligible for recovery premium. This includes the following types of schools:
- mainstream primary, secondary and all through local authority-maintained schools, academies and free schools serving children aged 4 to 15
- local authority-maintained special schools
- special academies and free schools
- non-maintained special schools
- pupil referral units
- alternative provision (AP) academies and free schools
- local authority-maintained hospital schools and academies
The recovery premium will be allocated using the same data as the pupil premium. This means the following pupils will attract recovery premium funding to schools:
- pupils who are eligible for free schools meals (FSM)
- pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
- children looked after by local authorities and referred to as looked-after children (LAC)
- post-looked after children (post-LAC)