Every school has a duty to ensure that each 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 between the achievements of disadvantaged children when compared with their wealthier peers.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children who are known to have been eligible for free school meals in the last six years, children who are in care and children who have been adopted from care. 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.
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 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time due to COVID-19.
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.
Below is our action plan for how the funding will be spent: