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Pupil Premium & Catch-up Funding

What is the Catch-up Premium?


The Catch-up Funding has been given to schools by the government to support children and young people to catch up lost learning time after school closure in 2020 in response to the worldwide pandemic. 


Our school is due to receive approximately £17,500 in the 2020/21 financial year and £12,500 in the 2021/22 financial year. 


You can find out how we plan to spend this funding by reading below, including by looking at our strategy statement for the Pupil Premium as we have elected to use this money to support the learning of our disadvantaged children.   


What is the Pupil Premium?


The Pupil Premium is an amount of money that is given to a school from the Government to help disadvantaged children.  The Pupil Premium is intended to benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.  


This started in 2011 and has continued ever since because research shows that children from low income families perform less well at school than children who are not from low income families. 


Which children receive the Pupil Premium?


We receive the Pupil Premium if a child meets any of the following requirements:


  • The child qualifies for free-school meals now or has qualified for them in the past 6 years - we receive £1,320 per year for each of these children;
  • The child has been looked after under local authority care for more than one day - we receive £2,300 per year for each of these children; or,
  • The child is from a service family who receive a child pension from the Ministry of Defence - we receive £300 per year for each of these children.   


How do I apply for free-school meals so my child receives the Pupil Premium?


There is no harm in applying for free-school meals even if it ends up that your child is not eligible for them - after all, it is better that all families apply so the school receives the maximum amount of funding possible to help the children.  Please help us by clicking here to apply on-line - you will need your National Insurance number or Home Office number. 

How does the school spend its Pupil Premium and Catch-up funding?


The Pupil Premium Strategy below lists the exact details for how we spend this money but, in short, we tend to use the money to help disadvantaged children in the following ways:


  • We organise for teaching assistants in Reception to work one-to-one with children who have speech and language difficulties;


  • We organise for teaching assistants to work with Reception and KS1 children doing one-to-one phonics and guided reading, as well as with lower-attaining children in KS2 (including those who did not pass the Phonics Screening Check);


  • We fund tuition for reading and maths led by teachers via a Saturday Catch-up School - and this is what we spend our Catch-up Funding on;


  • We have a Family Support Worker who offers tailored support to our families needing it, aiming to support pupils with their attendance and behaviour in school;


  • In response to the Active Lives School Report, we ensure there is plenty of sports equipment so our children may stay active in school to help their physical and mental well-being;


  • We fund music tuition, including steel pans, to encourage children's creativity; and,


  • We pay for disadvantaged children to attend school trips and after-school clubs so they don't miss out on opportunities other children are receiving.


If you have a particular query about the Pupil Premium or Catch-up Funding, please contact the school office and ask for your query to be passed onto the Headteacher.  

How did the school use the Pupil Premium in 2020 - 2021 and how is it planning to use it in 2021 - 2022?