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St Mary & St Michael

Catholic Primary School

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St Mary & St Michael

Catholic Primary School

Pupil Premium Funding

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools and academies to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. It was first introduced in April 2011. Since then the amount schools  receive has increased. Schools receive funding based on the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.


Funding Allocation for 2021-22

  • £1,345 for each eligible primary aged pupil
  • £2,345 for each Looked After Child – the school has to apply to the Local Authority for this



    Barriers to Learning


    1. Attendance and punctuality issues

    2. Behaviour issues

    3. Cost of pursuing extracurricular activities is often prohibitive


    We choose to spend our Pupil Premium money with 3 clear objectives in mind:


    • All Pupil Premium children should achieve at least as well as the other children in school and at least as well as other pupils nationally in all subjects and school will provide intervention for these children.
    • School should seek to widen the horizons for pupil premium children by providing a range of sporting, musical, art and cultural activities that they would not otherwise have the opportunity to take part in, accessing such activities through being fully informed and included
    • School will support families financially with pupil premium money to ensure that their children can take part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities and trips where the cost would be prohibitive


    Recovery Premium Funding

    In February 2021, the government announced a one-off recovery premium as part of its package of funding to support education recovery.

    The recovery premium provides additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year. Building on the pupil premium, this funding will help schools to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting disadvantaged pupils.


    Using recovery premium funding

    Schools should spend this premium on evidence-based approaches to support pupils. In line with the Education Endowment Foundation’s pupil premium guide, activities should include those that:

    • support the quality of teaching, such as staff professional development
    • provide targeted academic support, such as tutoring
    • deal with non-academic barriers to success in school, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support

    Like the pupil premium, schools can:

    • spend the recovery premium on a wider cohort of pupils than those who attract the funding
    • direct recovery premium spending where they think the need is greatest


    Reporting and accountability

    Schools must show how they are using their recovery premium effectively:


    Covid Catch Up Premium

    What catch-up funding is for

    The government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds. This funding includes:

    • a one-off universal £650 million catch up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time
    • a £350 million National Tutoring Programme to provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who need the most help, which includes:



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