Pupil Premium & Catch Up Premium
The pupil premium is additional funding provided to schools by the Department for Education per the number of children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. This also includes students eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium (‘PP’) as they see fit. However, schools are to be held accountable for how the PP has been used.
The catch-up premium is additional funding provided to schools by the Department for Education for year 7 pupils recorded in the key stage 2 assessment data as not having achieved the expected level in reading or mathematics. The Year 7 catch-up premium allocation is £500 for each pupil.
The grant may be spent for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school, or for the benefit of pupils registered at the school. The grant does not have to be completely spent by schools and academies in the financial year; some or all of it may be carried forward to future financial years.