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Bearbrook Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust


Pupil Premium, Inclusion and Catch Up Funding

What is ‘Pupil Premium’?

In 2011-2012 the Government launched its pupil premium funding. The ‘Pupil Premium’ is given to schools based on the numbers of pupils in the school who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). From 2012-13, it has been expanded to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years.


The funding is allocated to a range of initiatives aimed at supporting more disadvantaged pupils, to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as all other children and to ensure that they reach their full potential.


In addition to FSM the school may also receive pupil premium for any ‘Looked after children’ (Children in Care) or Armed forces children.


At Bearbrook Combined School, we carry out a full evaluation of the initiatives. 


For details on how the Pupil Premium was spent in the previous academic year and the impact measured please refer to the Pupil Premium Strategy Plan reviews below. 


This year our Pupil Premium allocation is £164,426 for children in Foundation Stage up to Year 6.  In addition to this, we are expecting a further £3000 for EYPP (Early Years Pupil Premium) children attending our Preschool.


For a summary for the main barriers to achievement faced by Pupil Premium children and how the grant will be spent please refer to Pupil Premium Strategy Plan Year 3 2021-2022.


We will carry out a mid year review of our Pupil Premium strategy in February 2022 and a final review in July 2022.


Catch Up Funding

Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit. The impact of lost time in education will be huge, and the scale of our response must match the scale of the challenge.


As a school we will work with our parents and staff to ensure that children and young people recover and get back on track. Returning to normal educational routines as quickly as possible will be critical to our children and families.


The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This 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.


As a school we have been allocated through the Catch Up Funding a total £17.110  For more details please refer to the Catch Up Premium plan above.