What is Pupil Premium?
Publicly funded schools in England receive extra funding from the Government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils. Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential in school and often do not perform as well as their peers.
The Pupil Premium grant is deigned to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and exam results they achieve.
School receive the funding based on the number of pupils they have in January each year from the following groups:
Schools receive £1345 (April 2020) for every primary age pupil who claim free school meals, or who has claimed free school meals in the last 6 years.
Schools receive £2345 (April 2020) for every pupil who has left local authority care through adoption, a special guardianship order or child arrangements order.
- Looked after or previously looked after children
The service premium is not part of the pupil premium however schools receive £310 (April 2020) for every pupil with a parent who is serving in the HM Forces or who has returned on a pension from the Ministry of Defense.
How can schools use the funding?
It is up to school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium funding. Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across the following three areas: teaching, academic support and wider approaches.
TEACHING: spending is used for the training and professional development of the staff to improve the impact of teaching and learning for all pupils.
ACADEMIC SUPPORT: spending it used to support the pupils succeeding at school and overcoming any barriers to their learning.
WIDER APPROACHES: spending is used to support pupil development for non academic areas such as, breakfast and after school clubs, music lessons, educational trips and visits or speech and language therapy. It is also used for anything which may increase pupil confidence and self esteem, raise their aspirations and benefit non-eligible pupils.
The EEF (Education Endowment Foundation) supports this tiered approach to spending and is used by Winwick CE as a model of good practice.