The Pupil Premium Grant, combined with the Recovery Premium, is extra funding allocated to schools annually to support children identified as disadvantaged to improve their attainment and overcome barriers to reaching their full potential.
Nationally, it has been recognised that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionately high impact on the education of disadvantaged children. This is why for the current academic year, schools will again receive the extra Recovery Premium grant to mitigate this impact.
As the Department for Education website states, evidence suggests that Pupil Premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across 3 areas, with a particular focus on teaching.
Investing in high-quality teaching, for example:
- training and professional development for teachers
- recruitment and retention
- support for teachers early in their careers
2. Targeted academic support
Additional support for some pupils focussed on their specific needs, for example:
- one-to-one tuition
- small group tuition
- speech and language therapy
3. Wider approaches
Support for non-academic issues that impact success in school, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional challenges. For example:
- school breakfast clubs
- counselling to support emotional health and wellbeing
- help with the cost of educational trips or visits
|Pupil eligibility criteria||Amount of funding for each primary-aged pupil per year||Funding is paid to|
|Pupils who are eligible for free school meals, or have been eligible in the past 6 years||£1345||School|
|Pupils who have been adopted from care or have left care||£2345||School|
|Children who are looked after by the local authority||£2345||Local authority|