The Government allocates funding to schools to support raising attainment for specific groups of children. These groups include children eligible for Free School Meals now or at any point in the previous 6 years, children who have a parent in the armed forces or at any point in the last 4 years and children who are in care.
At Sir Alexander Fleming, staff and Governors work in partnership to carefully plan how we allocate this funding according to the needs of our children. We are proud of the progress that all our children make.
The plans below show how we are spending the funding to ensure that all our pupils make progress and gaps in attainment close.
2021-2022 PPG Strategy Plan
2019-2020 PPG Strategy Plan
2020-2021 Catch-Up Plan
Schools’ allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 per pupil in years Reception through to Year 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. (See also EEF – School Planning Guide 2020-21 )
Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.
Accountability and monitoring
As with all government funding, school leaders must be able to account for how this money is being used to achieve our central goal of schools getting back on track and teaching a normal curriculum as quickly as possible.