The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. Schools receive funding for pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as Ever 6 FSM). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, children of service personnel, children looked after by the Local Authority (LAC) and post looked after children (post LAC).
For the year 2020-21, this amount is £1,345 per pupil and £310 for service premium. For those children who are Looked After who have been adopted from care the figure is £2,345. The funding for 2021-22 is based on figures taken from the October 2020 census. In addition this year, the DfE are providing additional Recovery Funding of £145 per eligible pupil.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
• The performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared to their peers
• The Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium.
• The information for parents that schools have to publish online.
Aims and principles
We have used the advice and supporting documentation of the EFF to guide our Pupil premium principles and approach, adopting a Tiered approach to our spending. Our priorities for using the pupil premium funding effectively are as follows.
High Quality Teaching
Spending on improving teaching can include professional development, training and support for early career teachers and recruitment and retention. Ensuring an effective teacher is in front of every class, and that every teacher is supported to keep improving, is the key ingredient of a successful school and should rightly be the top priority for Pupil Premium spending.
Targeted academic support
Evidence consistently shows the positive impact that targeted academic support can have, including on those who are not making good progress across the spectrum of achievement. Considering how classroom teachers and teaching assistants can provide targeted academic support, including how to link structured one-to-one or small group intervention to classroom teaching, is a key component of our effective Pupil Premium strategy.
This is support for non-academic issues that impact success in school such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional challenges.
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