The pupil premium is an allocation of funding provided to schools to:
raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential
support children with parents in the regular armed forces
support children in care defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority.
Pupil Premium Plus.
In 2013 the DfE introduced Pupil Premium Plus for looked after and previously looked after children. In doing this, the DfE acknowledged the possible impact of trauma and loss in some children’s lives and the key role of schools in supporting children who have had a difficult start in life.
Who is eligible for Pupil Premium Plus?
Pupil Premium Plus is available to pupils from Reception age to Year 11 in state-funded education in England who:
Are in local authority care in England.
Have been adopted from care in England or Wales.
Left care under a Special Guardianship Order (SGO).
Left care under a Child Arrangements Order (formerly known as a Residence Order).
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they feel is appropriate.
Pupil Premium at St Scholastica’s Catholic Primary School
Here at St Scholastica’s, we use our pupil premium funding to diminish the difference in achievement of pupils eligible for pupil premium and other pupils. We ensure that the teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils, and that appropriate provision is made for all pupils who belong to vulnerable groups. This includes ensuring that the needs of pupils who receive pupil premium funding are adequately assessed and addressed. We recognise that not all pupil premium children are disadvantaged and that some disadvantaged pupils may not be eligible for pupil premium.
When making decisions on how to allocate our pupil premium funding grant effectively, we have drawn on research from a range sources, most prominently the Education Endowment Foundation’s Pupil Premium Guide (2019). How the money is spent down to the discretion of individual schools and we have thought carefully about how our strategy will target specific and individual needs of the children to ensure that this difference in achievement is narrowed over time.