Pupil Premium Funding
Pupil Premium is a payment made to schools by the Government. It makes up part of the school’s overall budget and is available for use throughout the whole school at the discretion of the Governing Body and Senior Leadership Team.
Pupil premium is given to schools with the aim of raising the attainment of pupils who are eligible for free school meals (or those that have been eligible within the last 6 years). It was first introduced in April 2011. Since then the amount schools receive has increased and schools must carefully plan, monitor and evaluate how this money is allocated.
School leaders are best placed to assess their pupils’ needs and use the funding to improve attainment, drawing on evidence of effective practice.
Pupil premium is not a personal budget for individual pupils and schools are not required to spend all of the allocated grant on eligible pupils.
It is for school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium, within the requirements of the conditions of grant.
Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when used across 3 areas.
- High-quality teaching, such as staff professional development.
- Targeted academic support, such as tutoring.
- Wider strategies to address non-academic barriers to success in schools, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support.
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) recommend that schools particularly focus their pupil premium on supporting high-quality teaching.
From this year we will be working with a 3 year strategy document, moving away from “time-consuming” full annual reviews and towards a multi-year approach with “light touch” annual reviews. This is in line with the DFE’s directive that schools should take a longer, more strategic, view of the support the grant is providing including closer alignment of the PP Strategy with the School Improvement plan. Minor amendments will be made in response to data/cohort needs following each Autumn Term Review.
Below is our 21-24 Pupil Premium Strategy (including both PP and Recovery premiums).