The major updates announced by the Department for Education concerning the distribution of the Pupil Premium Grant for the 2021 to 2022 academic year are outlined below.
Previously based on the January census, pupil premium funding for mainstream and special schools in the 2021 to 2022 year is now allocated based on the number of eligible pupils registered by schools in their 2020 October census.
The pupil premium funding for the financial year beginning on 1st April 2021 is therefore based on the October 2020 census. The change has been made to bring the pupil premium in line with how the rest of the schools’ budget is calculated. It is expected to provide greater certainty around future funding levels earlier in the year.
In this transitional year, pupil premium funding will be confirmed in the usual timeline in June 2021. As from next year, allocations for mainstream and special schools will be published earlier in the year to give schools greater certainty over their future funding levels.
Allocations for alternative provision, pupil referral units and hospital schools continue to be based on the January census and is accordingly published to the usual timeline.
There will be no change in the payment arrangements for the pupil premium. The pupil premium grant will continue to be paid in quarterly instalments.
Per pupil funding rates remain the same as they were in 2020 to 2021.
Ever 6 Free School Meals Pupils
Children with no recourse to public funds (NRPF)
Children adopted from care or who have left care
The pupil premium is paid in quarterly instalments. Allocation spreadsheets will be published in June 2021 on the government website.
Maintained schools will receive payments after their Local Authority is allocated the grant on the following dates:
Local authorities will be required to certify that they have transferred the correct amount of funding to their maintained schools or, where funding has been spent centrally, that it has been spent in line with the conditions of the pupil premium grant. A certification form will be issued by the Department for Education in April 2022.
Academies will receive their instalments on:
As part of the pupil premium grant conditions, schools are now required to prove how their spending decisions are informed by evidence and to publish an online statement:
Spending decision and research evidence (condition 7):
Pupil premium strategy (condition 8):
The Scholars Programme has been cited by Ofsted as an ‘effective use of pupil premium’. By engaging pupils in a programme designed to introduce them to higher education, The Scholars Programme develops pupils’ cultural capital, lateral thinking skills and provides academic support.
For more information on the pupil premium grant for the 2021 to 2022 year, click here.
For an overview into the pupil premium, click here.
For an overview of pupil premium interventions, click here.
For information into how schools can enquire into The Scholars Programme, click here.