Pupil Premium and Literacy & Numeracy Catch-up

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Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is a Government initiative introduced in April 2011 which aims to support students who are considered, for one of a range of social, emotional or financial reasons, to be disadvantaged. The additional funding is provided to publicly funded schools in England to address the underlying inequalities between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students, and to help schools ensure they raise the attainment of these students.

The following table indicates the funding allocated by the Department for Education for the academic year 2020-21:

Disadvantage Factor


Students in Y7-11 recorded as having had Free School Meals at any point in the last 6 years.


Children Looked After by Local Authority Care.


Children in ‘post-Local Authority’ care, including those who have been Adopted from Care.


Students in Y7-11 recorded as having been the child who has had a parent in the Armed Forces in the last 6 years.



Pupil Premium funding is not intended to be an individual ‘account’ per student. Rather, schools take an overview of their whole Pupil Premium budget, and the needs of all Pupil Premium students, then direct key strategies to help raise progress and attainment levels amongst Pupil Premium students. It is only by using the money as one budget that high cost support, e.g. staffing for one-to-one/ small group tuition can be funded.

The Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium is a small amount of additional funding which schools receive to support Year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2).

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