Equalities and Intervention

Pupil Premium Grant

Each year we receive a Pupil Premium Grant which is an allocation per pupil eligible for Free School Meals or Looked After Children.

Pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils.

The Government’s Pupil Premium Programme supports the achievement and progress of our students. The grant is to help narrow the gap in performance and improve the quality of teaching and learning for vulnerable groups of children. At Prendergast School we aim for every student to have the same opportunities and access to outstanding teaching and learning and support.

Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across 3 areas, with a particular focus on teaching.

1. Teaching

2. Targeted academic support

3. Wider approaches


Recovery Premium

To further support the education recovery of young people following the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has announced a recovery premium which schools can use to support students in catching up. The recovery premium provides additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year. Building on the pupil premium grant, this funding will help schools to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting disadvantaged pupils.  

Schools should spend this premium on evidence-based approaches to support pupils. In line with the Education Endowment Foundation’s pupil premium guide, activities should include those that:

  • support the quality of teaching, such as staff professional development
  • provide targeted academic support, such as tutoring
  • deal with non-academic barriers to success in school, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support

16-19 ESFA Tuition Fund

The 16 to 19 tuition fund was launched in 2020 to off-set the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on those in 16 to 19 study programmes.  It has been extended this academic year to enable it to be used to support disadvantaged students studying either academic or vocational courses.

The 16 to 19 tuition fund is funding for schools, colleges and all other 16 to 19 institutions who receive annual funding allocations from ESFA for the provision of 16 to 19 education, to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).

The funding will be used to provide small group tuition for low attaining and disadvantaged 16-19 year olds, where their learning has been disrupted by the pandemic. We will use the funding to support disadvantaged students in a range of academic and vocational courses to ensure their progress and attainment is not adversely affected by the lost learning over the last two academic years.


Pupil Premium, Recovery Premium and ESFA 2021-2022 Strategy

Summer School Report 2021

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2020-21 

COVID Catch Up Report 2020-2021