Every school has a duty to ensure that every individual child is given the best possible chance of achieving their potential. The Government provides Pupil Premium funding, which is in addition to main school funding, to help address national inequalities.
The purpose of the Pupil Premium funding is to help students from low income families who are eligible for free school meals (or have been at any time in the last six years), looked after children and those from families with parents in the armed forces. In particular, the main aim of the Pupil Premium is to raise the achievement of these students and to close the attainment gap between these students and those not entitled to this support.
The Ofsted report on the use of the premium (Pupil Premium: Reference 120197: September 2012) outlined how the premium had been used in 262 schools. This report showed how difficult it often is to disaggregate pupil premium funding from general school funding. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility. The benefits of some of these investments will take a few years to work through the school fully.
Catch Up Premium
The government has provided schools with £650 million, of universal catch-up premium funding for the 2020/2021 academic year. The aim of the funding it to help the pupils catch up on education they have missed due to the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic. Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support all pupils particularly the disadvantaged and most vulnerable to make up for lost learning time over the previous months.
While funding has been allocated on a per-pupil basis, schools should use the amount available to them as a single total from which to prioritise support for pupils according to their needs.
The Catch Up Premium Plan outlines how school plans to use this funding for the whole school, targeted support and wider areas in line with EEF best practice guidance.