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2019-21: Pupil Premium & Coronavirus Catch-up

2019-21 Pupil Premium, Year 7 support and COVID-19 catch up Intervention

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 peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children of service personnel.

The pupil premium (PP) currently stands at £935.00 per child per year and is used to help fund a range of educational benefits for pupils across the school such as targeted small group interventions, additional pastoral support, or inclusion in school activities such as extra-curricular clubs, school trips, and music lessons.

It is a requirement that by the end of the autumn term each year the school publishes how the previous year’s pupil premium money made an impact on closing the educational gap between those pupils receiving pupil premium and those not receiving pupil premium.

Ely College follows the Statement of Principals set out by CMAT (

In addition to the principals above Ely College have worked together with other CMAT schools to create the unique ‘CMAT Pupil Premium Charter’.  This charter maps out our intentions to ensure that the academic gap between pupils who are in receipt of the Pupil Premium, require SENDV support or require support for any other experiences that have historically shown to impact attainment and those who are non-disadvantaged narrows in all its schools.  The CMAT PP Charter is the minimum guarantee to all pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium funding who attend a CMAT school.   


The CMAT Pupil Premium Charter ensures a focus on closing the gap in attainment, attendance, parental engagement, CEIAG (Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance) and pupil experiences.  There is much evidence to suggest that those in receipt of pupil premium funding do not experience activities and opportunities which broaden their outlook and perspective on the world. 

Therefore, a significant strand of the charter focuses on giving pupils experiences and we encourage all pupils, but especially those in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding, to take part in school trips and visits and to live a childhood set of experiences.  We fully support the initiatives that promote the joy of outdoors activity such as the National Trust's 50 things to do by you're 11 and 3/4 and will actively look for opportunities to promote such experiences for all our children in college.