What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium funding is additional money that is provided to schools to support children who have received Free School Meals at any point in the past six years or if a child is adopted, Looked After or whose parents are in the Services.
The money is allocated to the school to support the learning of these children but it is not linked to individual children allowing the school the flexibility to use its knowledge and expertise to ensure the most successful outcomes for all children.
At Lowerplace Primary School we allocate our funding through a needs analysis looking at the whole school picture to identify individuals, groups or classes that would benefit from additional targeted support or resources.
What do we want to achieve through Pupil Premium Funding?
- raise levels in Reading, Writing and Maths
- support and extend children’s learning
- provide opportunities for children to widen their experiences
- support children’s emotional and social development
- build strong and positive relationships with parents
If your child is eligible, Pupil Premium will be paid to the school, even if your child does not take up the option of free school meals and they will still have access to the school’s Pupil Premium provision. A primary school receives £1,345 additional funding each year for every student who is registered for free school meals.
If you think you may be eligible, please apply!
You can apply online here or collect an application form from the school office.
Here is a link to our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement for 2021-2022
Recovery Premium Funding - 2021-2022
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.
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)
School allocations are calculated on a per pupil basis and our school will receive £145 for each eligible pupil.
Schools should spend this premium on evidence-based approaches to supporting pupils. In line with the Education Endowment Foundation’s pupil premium guide, activities should include those that:
- support the quality of teaching, such as staff professional development
- provide targeted academic support, such as tutoring
- deal with non-academic barriers to success in school, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support
Like the pupil premium, schools can:
- spend the recovery premium on a wider cohort of pupils than those who attract the funding
- direct recovery premium spending where they think the need is greatest
Catch Up Funding - 2020-2021
For educators, coronavirus has created the test of a generation. It was anticipated that when pupils started the new school year in September after lockdown, most would be returning to the classroom for the first time in almost six months. As a result of this, the government have allocated funding to support pupils in reintegrating and catching up. All approaches to the allocation of this funding in school are based on impact research and linked to our Pupil Premium strategy.