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. Funding is given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils to close the attainment gap between them and their peers.
Disadvantaged pupils are those that have been recorded as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years (Ever 6 FSM) or pupils in care, adopted from care or children who have been continuously looked after for more than six months by the local authority.
Service pupil premium is additional funding for schools, but it is not based on disadvantage. It has been combined into pupil premium payments to make it easier for schools to manage their spending.
At FGS the pupil premium is spent in a co-ordinated way to ensure that targeted students receive both additional support and resources. As recommended by the Education Endowment Fund we focus our spending on three key 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 Strategic Leadership Team review the impact of these measures to ensure that they represent both value for money and play a direct role in improving the achievements and quality of learning for students of all abilities.
Further information can be found by clicking the link below.
dditional Funding for Schools
The recovery premium grant is part of the government’s package of funding to support pupils whose education has been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19). It is a time-limited grant providing over £300m of additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year and £1bn across the 2022 to 2023 and 2023 to 2024 academic years.
The Recovery Premium included a fund to scale up proven approaches and was a one-off funding for state–funded schools in the 2021/22 academic year. Building on the pupil premium, this funding helped schools to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting the most disadvantaged pupils. An impact report on our recovery premium spend can be found in a link below.
Tutoring in Schools
The National Tutoring Programme (NTP) is a government funded, sector-led initiative designed to support schools to address the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on pupils’ progress and attainment. The programme provides schools with funding to spend on targeted academic support, delivered by trained and experienced tutors and mentors. Funding is available to enable schools to offer a new complementary school-led approach, backed by £579m of funding, allowing schools to take on local tutors or use existing staff to supplement those employed through the existing NTP. On 31 March 2022, the Department for Education (DfE) announced plans to simplify the programme for the 2022 to 2023 academic year. These plans involve providing £349 million of core tutoring funding directly to schools and giving them the freedom to decide how best to provide tutoring for their pupils.
For further information and guidance to read the DfE guidance document here.
You can also download our latest report using the links below.
Access our latest NTP Report 2021-22
Access our latest Pupil Premium Impact Report 2022-23
Access our latest Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2023-24
Access our latest Summer School Report