At the Trafalgar School at Downton we are passionate about the progress of all our students. The Government has recognised a group of students who underachieve nationally compared to their peers.
What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is an additional source of funding; a grant, from central government to help individual schools close the national attainment gap between pupils from socially disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers.
Defining disadvantage – The Government have used pupils entitled to Free School Meals (FSM), and Children who are Looked After (CLA) as an indicator of deprivation and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based upon the number registered.
There is also a Services premium for all pupils from services backgrounds, aimed at offering extra pastoral support for these pupils, with a recognition that family situations can mean that from time to time a focus on learning can be hard for these pupils.
How should the money be spent?
Links to how we spend Pupil Premium funds can be found by following the links below.
The Government have not dictated to schools how to spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ strategies that they know will support these pupils to increase their attainment and narrow the national gap between disadvantaged pupils and their non-disadvantaged peers:
‘It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to school is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility’.
Source Department for Education
What is the Catch-Up Premium?
The Catch-up Premium is an additional source of funding; a grant, from central government to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve a Level 4 in Reading and/or Maths. In 2016-17 secondary schools will receive the same overall amount of Year 7 Catch-Up Premium funding they received in 2015 to 2016, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their Year 7 cohort, based on the October 2016 census.
Please note: the school is currently not expecting to receive any catch up funding in the 2018/2019 academic year. It has been removed from all schools by central government.