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The pupil premium is the additional funding that is given to publicly-funded schools in England. It is designed to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students and close the gap between those students and their peers from Reception to Year 11.
In addition to this, the Early Years Pupil Premium will be trialled in January 2015 and the funding will then be introduced from April 2015.
Schools will receive the following funding for each child that is currently eligible for free school meals or has been registered as eligible for free school meals at any point over the last 6 years:
The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides schools with an additional £500 for each year 7 student who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2. For further information on the funding that is available to your school, visit the official .gov website.
The Department for Education holds headteachers and school governing bodies accountable for the impact of their pupil premium funding. Each school must prove that they are using their pupil premium funding in the most effective way, via the following means:
These reporting mechanisms are designed to help schools effectively use the pupil premium to support disadvantaged pupils, but they can often result in an administrative nightmare before any of the benefits of the funding can be felt.
Maths-Whizz is ideal for closing the attainment gap and assisting with reporting from Pupil Premium funding.
Maths-Whizz is being used as a differentiated learning tool to deliver personalised lessons and reduce the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers in schools around the UK. To find out how to use your pupil premium to fund Maths-Whizz in your school, speak to a Whizz Education Advisor on +44 (0) 20 7298 5179 or get in touch below!
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