Pupil Premium and Catch-Up Premium


Pupil Premium 

Introduced in 2011, the Pupil Premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of children from low-income families and some other groups. This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. The Pupil Premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their peers. For more information about the Pupil Premium, please click here.

Is your child eligible?

Schools are given Pupil Premium for:

  • children who have qualified for Free School Meals at any point in the past six years. The school receives £1,345 for each of these pupils.
  • children who have been looked after under Local Authority care for more than one day or have left Local Authority care through adoption, a Special Guardianship Order or Child Arrangement Order. The school receives £2,345 for each of these pupils.

Your child may be eligible for Free School Meals, if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less
  • Universal credit

If you believe your child may be eligible, please visit the City of York information page here. If your child qualifies for Free School Meals, it’s important we know as, even if they take a packed lunch, as this enables us to claim Pupil Premium.

To find more about Pupil Premium at Clifton Green please read the following document which includes information on how last year’s allocation of £183,432 was spent and the impact it had throughout school.

Catch-Up Premium 

In 2020, the government announced a one-off universal £650 million Catch-Up Premium for the 2020-2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds.


“Teachers and families across the country have provided extraordinary support to help children learn at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, for many children, the disruption caused by school closures will have had a negative impact on learning and wellbeing....Every school will have been affected by Covid-19 differently and school leaders are best placed to understand the needs of their school communities. The right way to support pupils will differ between schools and must be informed by the professional judgement of teachers and school leaders. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are likely to have been affected particularly severely by school closures and may need more support to return to school and settle back into school life. While the recommendations in this guide relate to all pupils, it is likely that some forms of support will be particularly beneficial to disadvantaged children. For many pupils, compensating for the negative impact of school closures will require a sustained response. It is highly unlikely that a single approach will be enough. It is also likely to be beneficial to consider how to align chosen approaches with Pupil Premium spending and broader school improvement priorities.” 

Education Endowment Foundation - Covid-19 Support Guide for Schools (p.3). 


Schools have each received  £80 per pupil in additional funding for children in Reception to Year 11 inclusive. This funding is to be used for specific activities to catch up for lost teaching and schools have the freedom to use their funding in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances.


To find out how Clifton Green have planned to spend this additional funding, please take a look at the following document which will be reviewed in Summer 2021 to evaluate the impact of the chosen strategies.