Pupil Premium


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Pupil Premium and Catch-up Premium

You will be pleased to note that pupils identified under the pupil premium, about half the pupils in the Academy, make similar rates of progress at Sarum Academy to the same pupils nationally. More so there is no gap between pupil premium pupils and non-pupil premium pupils which is unusual.

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is an additional source of funding; a grant, from central government to help individual schools close the national attainment gap between pupils from socially disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers.

Defining disadvantage – The Government have used pupils entitled to Free School Meals (FSM), and Children who are Looked After (CLA) as an indicator of deprivation and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based upon the number registered.

There is also a Services premium for all pupils from services backgrounds, aimed at offering extra pastoral support for these pupils, with a recognition that family situations can mean that from time to time a focus on learning can be hard for these pupils.

How should the money be spent?

The Government have not dictated to schools how to spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ strategies that they know will support these pupils to increase their attainment and narrow the national gap between disadvantaged pupils and their non-disadvantaged peers:

‘It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to school is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility’.

Source Department for Education

The funding is expected to help schools tackle social mobility issues, increasing the opportunities for those pupils for whom social disadvantage could lead to academic under performance or to disengagement with school, and thereby reducing the attainment gap.

The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of pupils who:

  • Have been looked after continuously for more than six months (CLA)
  • Have been adopted from care (AFC)
  • Are currently eligible for free school meals (FSM) or have had FSM at any point over the last six years (known as ‘FSM6’)
  • Are children of Services personnel

What is the Catch-Up Premium?

The Catch-up Premium is an additional source of funding; a grant, from central government to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve a Level 4 in Reading and/or Maths. In 2016-17 secondary schools will receive the same overall amount of Year 7 Catch-Up Premium funding they received in 2015 to 2016, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their Year 7 cohort, based on the October 2016 census.

Click here to see how this money is spent.

Where can I read the Pupil Premium Strategy?