What is it?
Pupil Premium Funding
The Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children who are registered for Free School Meals (FSM) or have been registered for FSM within the last 6 years, and children that have been Looked After by the Local Authority for more than six months.
Recovery premium funding is the equivalent of £135 per pupil for the 2023-24 academic to enable pupils’ learning to be returned to their attainment prior to the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020.
Why was Pupil Premium Funding Introduced?
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Schools are free to allocate the money to the initiatives they feel will best ensure their pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially.
At Trent Vale the pupils who we receive Pupil Premium funding for are more likely to have difficulties with speech, language and communication. Additionally they may have experienced events that have been detrimental to their emotional health and well-being. These barriers to educational achievement mean that they are likely to have less well developed learning behaviour and are less likely to achieve a Good Level of Development at the end of F2 than other pupils which means they are not yet ready to access the Y1 curriculum.
Government Funding has been targeted at pupils for whom we receive Pupil Premium funding. This is to ensure that our most disadvantaged children are able to access out of school activities to broaden and deepen their overall development. This follows feedback we received from both the children for whom we receive Pupil Premium funding and their parents.
For information on how the pupil funding was spent for the previous academic years and the impact this had on eligible pupils please download the previous Pupil Premium Strategy Statements.