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Pupil Premium & covid-19 catch up premium


Schools receive Pupil Premium funding annually from the government; the amount of funding is determined by the number of students attending the school who currently receive ‘free school meals’ or who have received ‘free school meals’ within the last six years. This funding is also based on the number of looked after children and the number of children whose parents are in the regular armed forces.

Why is pupil premium funding required?

It is widely recognised that nationally an attainment gap exists between Pupil Premium students and their peers; this can potentially lead to lower results, which can in turn negatively affect their future life choices thereafter.

Pupil Premium funding is provided by the government to raise the attainment of Pupil Premium students. The funding aims to ensure that all students meet a minimum of national standards by the end of Year 11, eradicating any attainment gap that exists.

how must this money be used?

Whilst the Pupil Premium funding must be spent on closing the gap of those who are eligible for the funding some of the most effective strategies, such as improving teaching, will benefit all students. The funding can also be used for non-educational items and support for pupils outside of school hours, if this can be shown to improve academic attainment.

our approach to pupil premium allocation

At Sir Thomas Wharton Academy, we have a clear vision for what all our students will achieve through high quality teaching, with an ethos that reinforces aspiration and attainment for all. We understand the importance of getting the basics right, like attendance and behaviour, and understand that failing to put these building blocks in place will undermine the effectiveness of the Pupil Premium in raising standards.

A review of Pupil Premium spending last year is available to download along with this year's allocation. We have utilised the ‘National Foundation of Educational Research’ (NFER) and the Pupil Premium Toolkit to implement this year’s spending. Along with our Vision and Key Drivers, we underpin our Academy Improvement Plan and ‘day to day’ working with the NFER ‘Building Blocks to Success’.


The government announced £1 billion of funding packages to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds. This funding includes:

  • a one-off universal £650 million catch up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time
  • a £350 million National Tutoring Programme to provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who need the most help, which includes:
    • a schools programme for 5 to 16-year-olds – for more information, see the National Tutoring Programme FAQs
    • a 16 to 19 tuition fund
    • an oral language intervention programme for reception-aged children

Sir Thomas Wharton Academy's Covid 19 Catch Up Premium Plan is attached below.

For the Pupil Premium Review of Expenditure 2018 -2019 please click here