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Pupil Premium / Catch up Funding

Pupil Premium

Pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England.  High Well School has received £61,525 in 2021-22 and £50,540 to date in 2022-23.

Funding can be spent on the following areas

1. Teaching

Investing in high-quality teaching, for example:

  • training and professional development for teachers
  • recruitment and retention
  • support for teachers early in their careers

2. Targeted academic support

Additional support for some pupils focussed on their specific needs, for example:

  • one-to-one tuition
  • small group tuition
  • speech and language therapy

3. Wider approaches

Support for non-academic issues that impact success in school, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional challenges. For example:

  • school breakfast clubs
  • counselling to support emotional health and wellbeing
  • help with the cost of educational trips or visits


For further information, please click on this link Pupil premium - GOV.UK (

High Well School's Pupil Premium Strategy is below.  This outlines how High Well School has allocated their Pupil Premium:



The Pupil Premium Strategy will be reviewed in July 2022.


Recovery Premium

In February 2021, the government announced a one-off recovery premium as part of its package of funding to support education recovery.

The recovery premium provides additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year.  Building on the pupil premium, this funding will help schools to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting disadvantaged pupils.

The recovery premium will be allocated using the same data as the pupil premium.  High Well School will be allocated at £290 per eligible pupil and in total will be allocated £12,760 in the 2021-22 academic year.  This will be paid in two instalments.  £6,380 will be paid in the 2021-22 financial year and a further £6,380 in the 2022-23 financial year.

In line with DfE guidance, £4,583 of this funding has been committed to fund 25% of the School Led Tutoring programme for High Well School and the remaining £1,797 has been used towards one-to-one tuition of which is noted in Pupil Premium Strategy above.


Catch up Funding 2020-2022

During the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure. 

The government specified that schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the curriculum expectations for the next academic year.  They noted that, while schools can use their funding in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances, they are expected to use this funding for specific activities which will help pupils catch up on missed education.

Funding is due to be paid in 3 tranches.

High Well School received £4,200 in the first tranche in November 2020.  High Well School focussed this catch up funding on enabling pupils to access remote learning during class closures / self-isolation

The following has been spent to date along with the following impact:

Activity / Resource Impact Cost
Espresso Phonics Subscription (for 1 year)

Average improvement 1 year 11 months in 9 months

87.5% pupils increased their reading age by 18 months or more.

8 x Graphic Strong Tablet Pens Teachers able to deliver more effective remote learning lessons to pupils isolating.  Increase in % of pupils engaging with learning during January lock down 2021 from 70.42% to 78.87%  £472
Photocopying home learning packs 100% of pupil have access to learning when isolating through both online lessons and work packs.   £2,000
15 x mobile phones for Teaching Assistants to support pupils with home learning Teaching Assistants are able to support remote learning, including when self-isolating.  This ensured that all pupils could access the remote learning offer.  £675
Visualiser (Aver M15-13M) Supporting the delivery of other lessons remotely, including board gaming, so the curriculum was not significantly affected. £3534
Total   £3,886
Amount Remaining   £314


High Well School received £5,600 in the second tranche in March 2021.  High Well School has focussed this catch-up funding on Read, Write, Inc. along with emotional and well-being support during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

As a special school of pupils with a Profound / Severe Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs, High Well School recognises the importance in continuing to develop social, emotional and mental health needs as well as academic progress for its pupils due to the impact of Covid-19 and class closures. 

The actual and planned spend to date is as follows:

Activity / Resource Cost
Read, Write, Inc. Fresh Start Teacher Kit (Oxford Uni Press) £135
Read, Write, Inc. Fresh Start Training £2,050
Emotion coaching training to support staff with pupils (delivered on staff INSET day 28.01.22) £500
Zones of Regulation Tools (to foster regulation and emotional control)  £139.84
National College of Leadership - Training for all staff and Governors to improve well-being issues of our pupils and continuous professional development covering all areas of school life. £995
1 full day Educational workshop for British Science Week - 'Growth' theme - hands-on animal experience £350
British Science Week activity - Birds of Prey experience for pupils £250
Art sessions with local visiting artist as part of the pupils' curriculum and to help the physical environment in order to support emotional health and well-being (£150 per day x 6 sessions).  Starting May 2022 £900
Art resources for catch up art sessions with visiting artist. £150

1 x day consultation with pupils and visiting artist (relating to the above) on 5th April 2022 to meet each other and brainstorm ideas for the physical environment in order to support emotional health and well-being.

Total  £5,619.84


School Led Tutoring

School led tutoring is a ring-fenced grant to support catch up tutoring.  Any funding not allocated for catch up tutoring will be clawed back by the DfE.

Funding is allocated for around 60% of pupils eligible for pupil premium per school.  75% of the cost is subsidised via the DfE in 2021/22 and High Well School needs to fund the remaining 25% (see above in Recovery Premium).

High Well School has been allocated the following for 2021-22 academic year:

26 places x 15 hours = 390 hours

390 x £47 = £18,330 in total. 

75% of this total will be paid out in 3 instalments in September 2021, December 2021 and April 2022.  High Well School will fund 25% (£4,853) as above from Recovery Premium.

High Well School is currently providing catch up tutoring each week for identified pupils in English and Phonics and plan to provide catch up tutoring in Maths and Science from April 2022.