Pupil Premium & Catch-Up Funding​

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is an additional annual payment to schools for each ‘disadvantaged’ child that attends their school. It was introduced in April 2011 and paid by means of a specific grant based on school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for Free School Meals in reception to Year 11. This entitlement has now been extended to the ‘Ever 6' (any student who has received free school meals in the last six years). For looked after children, the Pupil Premium was calculated using the Looked After Children data returns (SSDA903). A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces and is designed to address the emotional and social wellbeing of these pupils.  

The Pupil Premium is intended to address the underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who are in most need of it. The Pupil Premium will be used by Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology according to those intentions. 

Pupil Premium Action Plan and Impact Statement

Catch-Up Funding

The coronavirus pandemic has revealed the agility and resilience of United Learning schools. This adaptability enabled schools to provide effective remote education when schools closed to most students. Live teaching has proved an integral part of our offer to students during this period and attendance and engagement figures are positive, with students receiving at least 20 hours of live lesson study a week.  

The impact of the disruption has yet to be fully quantified. Assessments give us an indication of the academic impact, but schools also continue to be confronted with broader issues such as health concerns, mental wellbeing, and bereavement, as well as ongoing attendance challenges.   

Our approach at Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology is very much in alignment with national research and findings, particularly from The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and its Covid 19 Support Guide. 

Full details are available in our Covid Catch-Up Action Plan here