What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. It is also includes funding intended to support children whose parents who are in the armed forces.
Who is eligible for Pupil Premium?
- Any child who is eligible for free school meals [FSM];
- Or who has been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years [Ever 6].
- Looked-after children [LAC] who are in local authority care;
- Or who have ever been in local authority care for more than 24 hours;
- Or who have left local authority care following adoption, a special guardianship order or a child arrangements order, previously known as a residence order [post-LAC].
- Children whose parents or legal guardians are currently or have been in the armed forces in the last 6 years.
How much is Pupil Premium?
In the 2021-22 financial year, primary schools received £1,345 per FSM or Ever 6 child; £2,345 per LAC or post-LAC child; and £310 per child with parents in the armed forces.
What is our current Pupil Premium grant allocation?
Granby Primary School received £123,740 in Pupil Premium funding for the academic year 2021-22. We also received an additional £14,790 Recovery Premium funding, which is a one-off payment as part of the government's package of funding to support education recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic.
How are the school planning to spend this?
The following document provides a breakdown of how we intend to use this funding to diminish the difference between disadvantaged children and their peers at Granby during the current academic year 2021-22.
This document also includes: our statement of intent; a breakdown of the challenges faced by disadvantaged children in our school; our three year Pupil Premium Strategy to support children in overcoming these challenges; as well as a review of the impact that Pupil Premium funding had on disadvantaged children at Granby in 2020-21.
What about children who don’t qualify for Pupil Premium?
It can sometimes seem unfair that selected children have greater access to support than others or that they don’t have to pay for trips, after school activities or other services when many families not eligible for Pupil Premium also struggle to meet these costs. Whilst we fully understand these frustrations, school has no control over who qualifies for funding or what we can and cannot charge these families for. Please do speak to our school business manager, Sue Foreman, if you are having difficulties meeting the cost of opportunities we provide for your child in school. We may be able to offer help or advice.
National research tells us that those eligible for Pupil Premium funding tend to do less well at school than other children. This is why the government is targeting them with additional support. However, the way in which we choose to spend this money can benefit all children in school. For example: interventions planned and delivered to Pupil Premium children may also include others in the class; Pupil Premium funded training makes staff better equipped to meet the needs of all children; and when Pupil Premium is used to subside a trip, it keeps the costs low for everyone else. In short, the more families qualify for funding, the greater the benefit for all children at Granby.
We are required to be open and transparent about how much Pupil Premium funding the school receives and how this is spent. This information is detailed on this page and the Pupil Premium strategy document included above. If you think you may be eligible for this funding, you can apply via the Leicester City Council website.
There is also a Sports Premium funded by the government which aims to improve the quality of PE and sport the school provides. This is based on the total number of pupils and is aimed at all pupils, not just those in receipt of Pupil Premium. More about this can be found here.