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Pupil Premium/CATCH UP Funding

The pupil premium grant is additional monies given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.  It is paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have been:

  • Registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years or
  • Been in care for six months or longer.

In 2020 this amount is £1,345 per pupil (Reception to Y6) and £955 for a looked after child.

Field End Junior School is committed to ‘Closing the Gap’ for disadvantaged pupils and the pupil premium funding forms a vital part of that process. The governors reserve the right to allocate the pupil premium funding to support any pupils or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.

The pupil premium funding 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.

Provision at FEJS

We believe that ensuring there are high standards of teaching and learning will enable all children to achieve.  All our work through the pupil premium funding will be aimed at accelerating progress moving children to their age related expectations. High achieving pupils will have extra opportunities to enrich and deepen their learning.

The range of provision made for this group includes:

  • Providing small group work with an experienced staff member focussed on overcoming gaps in learning
  • 1-1 support
  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities (pre-teaching or re-teaching) provided through trained teaching assistants
  • Purchasing additional resources to meet learning needs
  • Supporting children's love of reading by providing book vouchers during the school book fairs
  • Staff training to better support the needs of the pupils
  • Opportunities to join extra-curricular clubs provided to target particular interests and needs
  • Part-payment towards the cost of school trips including residential trips
  • Possible payment of breakfast club and after school club (assessed on an individual basis)
  • Possible support with uniform costs (assessed on an individual basis)

Catch Up Premium

The government announced £1 billion of funding 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:

Funding allocation
Schools’ allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to 11.

As the catch-up premium has been designed to mitigate the effects of the unique disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), the grant will only be available for the 2020 to 2021 academic year. It will not be added to schools’ baselines in calculating future years’ funding allocations.

Use of funds
Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the guidance on curriculum expectations for the next academic year.

Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.

To support schools to make the best use of this funding, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published a coronavirus (COVID-19) support guide for schools with evidence-based approaches to catch up for all students. Schools should use this document to help them direct their additional funding in the most effective way.

At Field End Junior School we have produced a plan to support our pupils to catch up for any lost teaching.

key documents


In order for the school to obtain this funding, we need your help to ensure you and your child does not miss out.
To be eligible for this funding you must be in receipt of at least one of the following benefits.
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support from NASS (National Asylum Support Service) under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run-on
  • Universal Credit.


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