Information below is from the following DfE Pupil Premium page :
Pupil Premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils.
School leaders can decide on which activity to spend their pupil premium (and recovery premium) within the framework set out by the ‘menu of approaches’. This can be found on page 7 of ‘Using pupil premium: guidance for school leaders’.
The menu is designed to help schools use their funding effectively to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.
The format of the menu reflects evidence suggesting that pupil premium spending is most effective when used across 3 areas:
- high-quality teaching, such as staff professional development
- targeted academic support, such as tutoring
- wider strategies to address non-academic barriers to success in schools, such as attendance, behaviour, and social and emotional support
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) recommends that schools particularly focus their pupil premium on supporting high-quality teaching.
Pupil premium is not a personal budget for individual pupils, and schools are not required to spend all of their allocated grant on eligible pupils.
Please see our Pupil Premium Strategy below, for information on how we have spent this year's Pupil Premium budget.
Catch-Up and Recovery Premium
The recovery premium funding is additional funding for the academic year 2022/2023, awarded to schools to provide further support for disadvantaged pupils, to mitigate the effects of the the disruption caused by the Coronavirus. The funding will be used for specific activities to support pupils to catch-up on lost teaching time over the previous two years. This funding includes the Government’s National Tutoring Programme finance, which is ring-fenced specifically for small group tutoring of students.
We used some of this funding last year to employ our Academic Mentor, who provided fantastic 1:1 and small group support to our pupils, both academically and in a nurturing, wellbeing context.
In 2022-2023, we will be using this funding to provide interventions, 1:1 and small group support for pupils who have been highlighted as working below the expected standard and also buying new resources which will benefit our pupils.