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2019-21: Pupil Premium & Coronavirus Catch-up

Pupil Premium and CMAT Charter

The Government believes that Pupil Premium (PP) funding, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the underlying inequalities between children who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), or who have been eligible in the last 6 years, and their peers.

For the academic year 2021-22 the government is also adding a ‘Recovery Premium’ to help schools meet the demands of ensuring all pupils catch up after the Covid pandemic.  The Recovery Premium provides additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 period and, through building on the Pupil Premium, this funding will help schools to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting disadvantaged pupils, but it is not solely to be used on disadvantaged pupils. 

The Recovery Premium is calculated on a per-pupil basis and all mainstream schools will get £145 for each eligible pupil in mainstream education. Very much like the pupil premium, schools can:

  • Spend the Recovery Premium on a wider cohort of pupils than those who attract the funding
  • Direct Recovery Premium spending where they think the need is greatest


Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and for those pupils who are the children of either currently serving members of HM forces or who have retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence.  This ‘Service Premium’ is not classed as Pupil Premium but is allocated to help with pastoral support. 

The Pupil Premium (PP) and Service Premium currently stand at:

  • £955 for every secondary age pupil who claims free school meals or who has claimed free school meals in the last 6 years.
  • £2,345 for every pupil who is within local authority care.
  • £2,345 for every pupil who has left local authority care through adoption, special guardianship order or child arrangements order.
  • £310 for every child of either a serving member of HM forces or retired on a pension from the MOD.

The PP funding 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 extracurricular clubs, school trips and music lessons. 

It is a requirement for the academic year 2021-22 that the school publishes both how the money was spent in 2020-21 and how it is going to be spent in the coming year 2021-22.  The coronavirus has, for the past 2 years, interrupted a significant number of planned activities for pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium funding, but there have still been considerable efforts made to ensure that those in receipt of PP funding have received additional support.   

The strategy document can be found here 

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.