Pupil Premium & Covid Catch-Up


The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives state-funded schools, including special schools and alternative provision settings, additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2.

Current areas of focus for learning at South Wirral High School include, but are not limited to:

  • Improving quality first teaching at KS3
  • Improving quality of feedback
  • Continuing to parental engagement in the learning and progress of students
  • Improving attendance/punctuality
  • Raising aspiration or expectation due to lack of immediate academic role models
  • Addressing underachievement at KS1 and 2 in literacy and numeracy
  • Special educational needs; including behavioural and emotional, medical or cognitive
  • Continuing to encourage parental support/challenge for home learning
  • Removing financial constraints having immediate impact on the ability to resource tools for learning at home
  • Improving resilience and perseverance (character development)
  • Increasing engagement in extra-curricular activities
  • Improving essential literacy and numeracy skills


Pupil Premium Funding

In the 2023 to 2024 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years:
  • £1,345 for pupils in reception to year 6
  • £955 for pupils in year 7 to year 11
Schools will receive £2,345 for any pupil:
  • identified in the October school census or the alternative provision census as having left local authority care as a result of one of the following:
    • adoption
    • a special guardianship order
    • a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
  • who has been in local authority care for 1 day or more
  • recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local-authority care)
Allocations for 2023-4Amount £PupilsTotal £
Deprivation (FSM) Pupil Premium (ever 6)1035288300,150
Service Children Pupil Premium (ever 6)33584,020
Post LAC Pupil Premium25301222,770
LAC, Pupil Premium Plus2530 (2100 passed to school, 430 held centrally)1021,000


Recovery Premium

In 2023/24 South Wirral High School received £81, 972 in Recovery Premium.




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