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Chingford Foundation School

Pupil Premium & Catch-Up Funding

Pupil Premium - Purpose

  • The Government believes that the 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 meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.  In 2012, funding was extended to include pupils who have been eligible for free school meals within the past 6 years.
  • In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.  
  • Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they are held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. From September 2012, schools have been required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This ensures that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium. 
  • Details of the spending of Pupil Premium funding by Chingford Foundation School in 2018-19 is available here.


Catch-Up Funding

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives state-funded schools, including special schools and alternative provision settings, additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2.

Details of Catch-Up funding spending and impact in 2018-19 is available here.

Details of Catch-Up funding spending for 2019-20 is available here.


Trust Leaders have recognised that the Covid19 crisis has the potential to cause a widening of the educational and welfare gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged young people. We also recognise that disadvantage in these circumstances is a wider definition than that offered by those young people entitled to Free School Meals or Pupil Premium funding. The Trust has therefore created a Covid Disadvantaged Strategy which can be found here. The aim of the strategy is to limit the potential negative impact created by the lockdown and beyond when we return to school. The strategy will be evaluated in the same way as our annual impact statement and will be built into our general Pupil Premium strategic plan for 20-21.