What is it?
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 registered for a free school meal and children that have been looked after for more than six months.
Why has it been 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. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium.
For the academic year September 2016- 17 we received £131,000. For the year 2017-18 our school will receive £163,680. The percentage of our pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is at census October 2017 47%.
DFE Catch Up Funding 2020-21
Teachers and families across the country have provided extraordinary support to help children learn at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, for many children, the disruption caused by school closures will have had a negative impact on learning and wellbeing.
The circumstances created by the Covid-19 pandemic are unique. However, in common with the Pupil Premium, the way funding is used will determine what difference it makes.
At Tame Valley Academy we have used evidence in school to identify where we had the best chance of maximising the impact.
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