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What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is extra money that comes into our budget to help us make a positive difference to the educational outcomes of disadvantaged pupils. All schools are entitled to Pupil Premium. It is calculated by the number of pupils we have who are or were eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years or who are identified as looked after by a Local Authority (children in care or foster care).

At Norwich Road Academy, we have a high percentage of pupils entitled to free school meals compared to the national average.

Why Is Pupil Premium Important?

Nationally, there is a strong link between economic disadvantage and poor achievement in schools. Across the country there is a significant gap between the progress made by pupils eligible for free school meals and those who are not eligible. There are many reasons why this gap exists. Pupil Premium is given to schools to help us try to close this gap. It is important because it enables us to counteract the disadvantages that poverty imposes on children. It ensures we can put the support in place to help every child in our school thrive and fully master each stage of the curriculum.

How Can We Spend Pupil Premium?

Although our Pupil Premium grant is calculated in terms of specific pupils, we do not have to spend the money directly on them. We can use the money as we see fit. However, we have to demonstrate how we are using Pupil Premium to close the progress gap between less and more advantaged pupils.     

 As a school, we plan for and closely monitor the progress of disadvantaged children; using this funding to support their learning and participation in school life. Annually, schools must create a clear strategy statement to detail exactly how they will spend this funding.

The work of the Education Endowment Foundation has been used (along with our Academy values) by our Leadership Team to underpin the strategy and decisions in our Pupil Premium Strategy. The Education Endowment Foundation’s Families of Schools database ensures that good practices by similar schools can be reviewed and shared. We use this to inform our practice.

This statement details our school’s use of pupil premium (and recovery premium) funding to help improve the attainment of our disadvantaged pupils.

It outlines our pupil premium strategy, how we intend to spend the funding in this academic year and the outcomes for disadvantaged pupils last academic year.

Pupil Premium 2023-2024

For a full breakdown of our 2023-24 spend, please click  here

Pupil Premium 2022-2023

For a full breakdown of our 2022-23 spend, please click  here

Pupil Premium 2021-2022

For a full breakdown of our 2021-22 spend, please click  here

Pupil Premium 2020-2021

For a full breakdown of our 2020-21  catch-up spend, please click here

For a full breakdown of our 2020-21 spend, please click here

Pupil Premium 2019-2020

For a full breakdown of our 2019-20 spend, please click here

Pupil Premium 2018-2019

For a full breakdown of our 2018-19 spend, please click here