The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.
It was introduced in April 2011 and the Government believes that this additional funding is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. It is also allocated for children who have been in looked-after care for 6 months or more.
Funding for 2020 to 2021
In the 2020 to 2021 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years:
- £1,320 for pupils in reception to year 6
Schools will receive £2,300 for any pupil:
- identified in the January 2019 school census or the alternative provision census as having left local authority care as a result of:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
- who has been in local authority care for 1 day or more
- recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local authority care)
Please read our pupil premium strategy document below, which details how we are targeting our funding this year, as well as an impact review.
How we have used Pupil Premium Funding
We use this funding to provide direct and in-direct support to ensure good progress for pupils.
This has included:
Investing in additional reading and writing training and resources through the Read Write Inc Scheme including 'Fresh Start', which is designed to help pupils in lower Key Stage 2 consolidate their learning and make rapid progress to ensure they achieve the expected outcomes for the end of the year in these areas.
Training a member of staff to deliver the Better Reading scheme, which boosts confidence, fluency and understanding through daily reading at home and in school.
Quality first teaching from class teachers and teaching assistants and targeted intervention such as 'Power of 2' and 'Rapid Reading'.
Purchasing additional IT software and resources to support effective intervention group work.
Support to enable eligible pupils to fully participate in the wider life of school, including after school activities and individual music lessons from the Calderdale Music Hub.