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Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

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 who have registered for a free school meal at any point in the last 6 years, children who have been in care for more than six months and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.

We work with Chellaston Infant School to share resources and plan together to ensure that we are targeting children from EYFS through to Year 6 in a consistent way. Our plans for both schools are below for the academic year 2023 onwards.

Why was it 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.

Recovery Premium funding

For the 2023-24 academic year, the government are providing schools with 'Recovery' funding. Schools should spend this premium on evidence-based approaches to supporting 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

How much funding do we get?

For the financial year 2023 to 2024, we are scheduled to receive Pupil Premium Funding:

Chellaston Infant School: £103,260

Chellaston Junior School: £210,975 

We are also due to receive  Recovery Premium funding:

Chellaston Infant School: £11,310

Chellaston Junior School: £18,415

Catch-Up Premium

In the summer of 2020, 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:
  • a schools programme for 5 to 16-year-olds – for more information, see the National Tutoring Programme FAQs

At Chellaston Junior School, we were allocated £40,560 and we used this funding to help pupils to ‘catch-up’ on lost learning through:

  • purchasing online resources to support Phonics, Maths and Reading
  • delivering small group tutoring in Reading, Maths and Phonics
  • employing a Teaching Assistant for afternoons to deliver intervention programmes based on the gaps identified through standardised testing
  • purchasing iPads to increase access to techonlogy

Please click on the Catch-up Plan below to find out more.