Pupil Premium & Recovery Premium
The government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM), looked after children & service children and other pupils. Three categories of pupils are eligible:
- Pupils recorded as ‘ever 6 FSM’ (pupils who are or have been eligible for FSM at any point during their 6 years of Primary school education)
- Looked after children and those children who have been adopted from care
- Children of Service personnel
Our Pupil Premium funding for 2021-2022 was £72,630
This money is currently spent on providing individual or small group teaching, for specific children who need extra support or challenge in order to achieve their targets. We look carefully at every child in our school to provide the best possible education for them, and make every effort to ensure that no child is disadvantaged by their circumstances.
Barriers to Learning
We understand that all pupils may face different challenges that might affect their learning.
At St Matthew’s, we identify potential barriers to pupils’ learning so that we can ensure that every child makes progress and is successful at school – academically, socially and emotionally.
Some barriers to learning that some children might face at various times during their time at primary school include:
- Poor attendance and punctuality
- High mobility
- Low starting points on entry to primary school
- Speech, Language and Communication Needs
- Attachment and trauma
We realise that these barriers may not affect every pupil and are fully aware of the individual needs of the children in our school. We ensure that through our curriculum planning and pastoral care, barriers can be addressed so that pupils are able to flourish in all areas of their learning.
Our Recovery Premium funding for 2022-2023 is based on £145 per eligible pupil
Our Recovery Premium funding for 2021-2022 was £8,265
The recovery premium grant is part of the government’s package of funding to support pupils whose education has been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).
It is a time-limited grant providing over £300m of additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year and £1bn across the 2022 to 2023 and 2023 to 2024 academic years.
It is focused on pupil premium eligible pupils and pupils in specialist settings such as special schools, special units and pupil referral units (PRUs). This is because of the additional impact of the pandemic on these students.
Schools can use the funding to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting any pupil based on an assessment of individual need.
More information can be found here.