In 2011-12, the Government launched its Pupil Premium funding programme – the amount of Pupil Premium funding received by schools is determined by the number of pupils attending the school who are eligible for Free School Meals. From 2012-13, this was expanded to include the number of children who have been eligible for Free School Meals within the last six years.
Pupil Premium funding is used by The Blue School in a number of ways in order to help improve pupil attainment and to help overcome any identified barriers to learning.
The Government has announced that £1 billion of funding has been earmarked for schools 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 due to Covid-19. Although all children have had their education disrupted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it is likely that disadvantaged and vulnerable groups will have been hardest hit.