Funding - Pupil Premium, National Tutoring Programme and Catch Up Premium
Pupil Premium and Service Pupil Premium Allocation
In April 2011, the Department of Education (DfE) introduced the Pupil Premium and Service Premium. This gave schools £625 million of extra funding to close attainment gaps for disadvantaged pupils and to assist with the pastoral needs of children with parents in the armed forces.
The pupil premium gives schools extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils from Reception to year 11. The money a school receives is based on the following:
- children eligible for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years
- children who have been looked after, adopted from care or left care under a special guardianship order at any time
- children for whom one parent is serving in the regular armed forces, has done so in the past 3 years or died whilst serving in the armed forces at any time.
The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is paid to schools as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need. Ofsted inspections report on how schools’ use of the funding affects the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.
When making decisions about Pupil Premium spending, it is important to consider the context of the school and the subsequent challenges faced.
|Amount per child 2023-24
Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 as recorded as Ever 6 FSM
Looked after children (LAC) defined in Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority (£1600 to schools, £700 is retained by the LA for the Virtual Headteacher)
Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order
|Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of child pension from the Ministry of Defence. This is called the Service Pupil Premium (SPP)
National Tutoring Programme
School-Led Tutoring was introduced as part of the National Tutoring Programme in 2021/22. Eligible state-funded schools and academy trusts received a ring-fenced grant to source their own tutoring provision for disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils who have missed the most education due to COVID-19.
We know tutoring can have a positive impact on pupils’ academic progress. Evidence suggests that, compared to their peers who do not receive tuition, pupils who receive small group tuition may make, on average, 4 months additional progress and pupils who receive one-to-one tuition may make, on average, 5 months additional progress. This is likely linked to pupils receiving more feedback, being more engaged and completing work tailored to their specific needs.
There are three routes to take advantage of the funding available through the National Tutoring Programme:
Route 1 – Tuition Partners;
Route 2 – Academic Mentors;
Route 3 – School-Led Tutoring.
There has been an expectation that schools prioritise disadvantaged or vulnerable pupils for tutoring.
Funding and Payments
At Manor CE Infant School, we decided to pursue School-Led Tutoring. We feel our staff are best placed to support the children they teach and to provide the tutoring. We have a dedicated LSA who has been appointed to deliver interventions.
Funding is allocated for around 60% of pupils eligible for pupil premium per school. 75% of the cost was subsidised in academic year 2021/22. Schools and academy trusts funded the remaining 25% through other budgets, eg recovery premium or pupil premium.
Manor received £810.50 to support tutoring in 2021/22. This represented 75% of the cost of tutoring. We decided to use the Pupil Premium allocation to subsidise the remainder of the tuition.
The total cost of Manor CE Infant School-Led Tutoring was £1080.67.
With £1080.67 available for tuition, at Manor delivered catch up sessions in phonics, reading and writing.
The tuition itself was arranged as follows:
- One to one interventions OR
- Small group tutoring (3 - 6 children per group).
- Each group aimed to include at least two pupil premium/SEND children.
- Children from Years 1 and 2 were considered for tuition.
- Tuition cycles lasted for a half term.
- Clear targets were set for every intervention. They were reviewed at the end of a half term.
- Tutoring focused on phonics, reading and writing – with a priority on addressing gaps in learning and receiving high-quality feedback.
- Tutoring took place every morning.
Catch Up Premium
Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). The aggregate impact of lost time in education has been substantial.
We know that we have the professional knowledge and expertise in the education system to ensure that children and young people recover and get back on track. Returning to normal educational routines as quickly as possible has been the goal.
The government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This included a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools had the support they needed to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.
Alongside the universal catch-up premium, the Government launched a £350 million National Tutoring Programme to provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who needed the most help.
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