What is the Pupil Premium and how do we use it?

  • The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. Local authorities are responsible for looked after children in care and will make payments to schools and academies where an eligible looked after child is on roll
  • The Pupil Premium Grant is additional to the main school funding, and we use this to address underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their peers. It is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM and children who have been ‘looked after’ continuously for more than six months.
  • A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.
  • Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. We use it for a range of academic, pastoral and enrichment purposes with the general aim that all children deserve the best regardless of background. We are held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and each year we publish a statement which details how we spend this funding which you can view below.
  • Children eligible for Pupil Premium at our school typically make much better progress than those nationally.

Please see more information about the Pupil Premium Grant at the Department for Education Website.

What is the Catch Up Premium: COVD 19 and how will we use it?

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.

At Orchard School, adjustments have been made to class timetabling in order to include key skills learning sessions in all year groups. In order for these sessions to be effective and for effective support across the school day, a teaching assistant is allocated full time to each class. This results in wider impact on core provision including early language groups and speech and language intervention groups across Key Stage 1 and 2. As a result, the COVID catch up funding is being used to recruit a speech and language specific teaching assistant to ensure classroom teaching assistant time is focused on ‘in learning’ intervention addressing gaps which will allow pupils to catch up quickly.

Orchard Primary Catch Up Funding Action Plan 2020 – 2021