Pupil Premium funding is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement.
These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals and those looked after by the local authority. There is also a smaller amount for children of armed services personnel. This money is allocated to initiatives to ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially.
“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium allocated to schools per Free School Meal pupil, is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility” Dept of Education
All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received, how this is being used, and the impact of any work done.
Catch Up Funding
The aim of the funding is to help pupils catch up on education they have missed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While funding has been allocated on a per-pupil or per-place basis, schools should use the amount available to them as a single total from which to prioritise support for pupils according to their needs.
Sports and P.E. Premium
The PE and sport premium is designed to help primary schools improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils.
This funding – provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – is allocated to primary school headteachers. The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on the provision of PE and sport in schools.