Pupil Premium Grant Introduction
The Pupil Premium grant is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. The Pupil Premium grant has remained unchanged for the academic year 2019-20, with secondary schools attracting £935 per disadvantaged child (DfE website October 2019).
Schools will also receive £1900 for each looked-after pupil, although this money will be spent in consultation with the child’s Local Authority Virtual Headteacher and does not form part of the Pupil Premium Grant.
Aims of the Pupil Premium Grant
- To increase social mobility
- To enable students from disadvantaged backgrounds to get to top universities
- To reduce the national gap between the highest and lowest attainment
- The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with students who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
- Each eligible student receives £935.
- Schools also receive funding for children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more, and children of service personnel.
- Schools will have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to the underlying school’s budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most disadvantaged students.
- Schools and local authorities are urged to encourage parents/carers to register their child as eligible for FSM so that each school receives their maximum Pupil Premium entitlement. This may become more relevant if universal free school meals in Reception to Year 2 discourage parents/carers from registering for FSM.
Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy 'Catch up' Premium
The Year 7 catch up premium provides schools with funding to support Year 7 students who did not achieve the ‘expected standard’ in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 in order to enable them to close the progress gap and be able to access the KS3 curriculum.
Aims of the Year 7 Catch-up Premium
- To close the attainment gap by providing intensive literacy and numeracy support to students entitled to Catch-up Premium.
- To raise self-esteem and aspirations of students entitled to Catch-up Premium;
- To enhance existing provision;
- To identify concerns and target intervention and support to accelerate progress;
- To ensure that parents/carers are informed and involved where appropriate
2018 – 2019
Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form was allocated £17,551 in funding, in the 2018-19 academic year, to support the 81 students who met the criteria in either reading and/or maths. This funding, as the name suggests, was to help these students to ‘catch up’ with their peers during their first year at the academy. See attached Impact Report.
2019 - 2020
Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form was allocated £17,750 in funding, in the 2019-2020 academic year, to support the 81 students who met the criteria in either reading and/or maths. This funding, as the name suggests, was to help these students to ‘catch up’ with their peers during their first year at the academy.