The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
There are guidelines for how to allocate the Pupil Premium funding issued by the Department for Education which can be accessed here.
Covid has potentially reversed a decade of progress in closing the attainment gap. The evidence is clear that vulnerable and disadvantaged students have fallen further behind during the pandemic. We know that these students will also face the biggest challenges in educational recovery. In this context, it is more important than ever to focus our efforts on what evidence tells us is most likely to be effective for pupils from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
The DfE guidance ‘Using pupil premium: guidance for school leaders’ and the EEF’s recent Guide to the Pupil Premium have been used to support our critical engagement with the evidence as we develop our strategy for the 2021-24 academic year and beyond.
The following document provides details of how the Pupil Premium funding for The London Oratory School is being spent.
Pupil Premium strategy statement – September 2021 to January 2024
The government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up on learning loss that occurred during the 2019-20 summer term as a result of partial school closure.
This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds. This funding is to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.
School allocations are calculated on a per pupil basis of £80 for each pupil from J1 to fifth form and will be paid in three tranches. Schools should use the sum available to them as a single total even though funding is calculated on a per pupil or per place basis. Each school determines the most appropriate way to use this funding depending on their specific circumstances.
The following document provides details of how the Catch Up Premium funding for The London Oratory School is being spent:
Schools receive funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport on offer.
The London Oratory School received approximately £2,600 for the academic year 2020-2021
HOW THE PREMIUM IS SPENT
The school uses the premium to fund:
· Towards funding a qualified sports coach
· To purchase additional sports equipment (in particular developing cricket and water polo) and staff training in new sports.