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Pupil Premium, Catch-Up & Recovery Premium

Pupil Premium



Pupil Premium is additional funding which is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years (known as 'Ever 6 FSM').

The Government believes that Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school means (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it the most. The Department for Education urges schools and local authorities ot encourage parents to register their child as eligible for FSM so that each school receives their maximum Pupil Premium entitlement. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.


Funding 2021/22

In the 2021 to 2022 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,345 for pupils in Reception to Year 6
  • £955 for pupils in Year 7 to Year 11

Schools will also receive £2,345 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of one of the following:

  • adoption
  • a special guardianship order
  • a child arrangements order
  • a residence order


Eligibility for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium

You may qualify if you are a parent, guardian or carer and receive one of the following:

  • Income Support (IS) or you are a pupil receiving the benefit in your own right
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; or
  • Child Tax Credit (but not working Tax Credit) and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (i.e. they get benefits payments directly, instead of throught a parent of guardian) can also get free school meals



Email: benefits@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk


If your child does not have Free School Meals but may be eligible because of your family's income level, please contact the office (in confidence) to register them or come and see Mrs Downing or Mrs Powell. 

Even if you do not wish them to have the meals, this would mean the school could still claim Pupil Premium Funding that may be used to help your child. 


Use of Pupil Premium at Lostock Gralam Church of England Primary School

Through our vision and values at Lostock, we believe we can maximise the impact of our pupil premium spending to 'close' and 'eradicate' the gap for our 'Ever 6 FSM' children.

At Lostock Gralam Church of England Primary School:

  • Christian values and compassion are cherished and are the heartbeat of our actions
  • Every aspect of-school life is centred around how to make a positive impact on every child
  • Children are nurtured to help them feel safe and happy
  • Everyone in our school is valued and respected
  • We intend for every child to be able to grow, reach their full potential and develop a lifelong love of learning
  • Everyone’s efforts and achievements are celebrated
  • We help each other to make healthy lifestyle choices
  • Everyone is encouraged to make a positive contribution to their future in a diverse world

In the academic year 2021-22, our school will receive £50,660 in Pupil Premium and Recovery Premium funding. To ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially, Pupil Premium funding is allocated to a number of initiatives.


Please open the attachment at the bottom of the page to see a breakdown of current and projected spending for 2019-2022 (3 year strategy statement).

Further links below detailing previous reports and impacts of initiatives used.

The designated lead person for Pupil Premium funding is Mrs Downing (Deputy Headteacher).

Our designated governor for Pupil Premium funding is Mr Nield (Deputy Chair of Governors).



Catch-up & Recovery Premium




Catch-up Premium: For the academic year 2020-21, the government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure in 2020. This was especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds. School allocations were calculated on a per pupil basis. Mainstream schools got £80 for each pupil in from reception to year 11 inclusive.


Recovery Premium: In February 2021, the government announced a one-off recovery premium as part of its package of funding to support education recovery. The recovery premium provides additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year. Building on the pupil premium, this funding will help schools to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting disadvantaged pupils.


Using funding

Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching and learning with a particualr focus on the most disadvantged and vulnerable pupils. 

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. Alongside this, to support schools to implement their catch-up and recovery plans effectively, EEF has published the school planning guide: 2020 to 2021 and Education Endowment Foundation’s pupil premium guide.This will provide further guidance on how schools should implement catch-up and recovery strategies and provides supporting case studies to highlight effective practice.

Here at Lostock we have used the evidence-based approaches as published by the EEF and planned our strategy using the school planning guide. Please open the attachments at the bottom of the page to view our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2019-22, our Catch-Up Premium Strategy Statement 2020-21 and our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2021-22 including recovery premium funding. 


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