Pupil Premium and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Catch-up Premium
Did you know that your child may be entitled to additional Pupil Premium funding if you receive one of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
- Child Tax Credit Only (with income up to £16,190) with no element of Working Tax Credit
- National Asylum Seekers Support
- Guarantee Element of the State Pension Credit
- Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
- Universal Credit
This money is paid directly to school and can then be used to help your child with their learning.
If you are unsure if you can claim, please follow the link below, if you are unsure about completing this or need access to a computer, please pop in to school and we can help. Ask for Mrs Humphris.
What is the Pupil Premium? The National Picture
The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. It was designed to give additional money to support schools in raising the attainment of children who receive free school meals, children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and those children in local authority care. These groups of children have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than others. For example, national figures show that 11 year olds who are eligible for Free School Meals are around twice as likely not to achieve Level 4 in Maths and English as other 11 year olds.
Where does the money come from?
Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals, whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and children who have been looked after in local authority care continuously for more than six months.
The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to help schools to provide targeted support for vulnerable children- not necessarily just children who qualify for FSM.
“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools…. is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” (Source – DfE website)
The funding is therefore given to schools to spend as they think best, although there is a requirement to publish online how this money is spent.
For more details on the Pupil Premium please visit: www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium
The Pupil Premium Strategy will be reviewed in September 2021 and a new strategy developed using the DFE statutory strategy document template. This strategy document will demonstrate the intended use of premia for 2021-22.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Catch-up Premium
The Government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020-2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time. Although all children have had their education disrupted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it is likely that disadvantaged and vulnerable groups will have been hardest hit. Please read our strategy below to find out how we are spending our Catch-up premium to make a difference in our school.
Education Catch-up for your Children
The Department for Education (DfE) is supporting catch-up programmes and fun activities for all children and young people in England. Get in touch with your school or local authority to find out what’s available in your area by clicking here.